11 Aug '11, 1am

Boy or girl? A simple test raises ethical concerns

Boy or girl? A simple test raises ethical concerns

Boy or girl? A simple blood test in mothers-to-be can answer that question with surprising accuracy at about seven weeks, a research analysis has found. -- PHOTO: AFP CHICAGO (AP) - BOY OR girl? A simple blood test in mothers-to-be can answer that question with surprising accuracy at about seven weeks, a research analysis has found. Though not widely offered by US doctors, gender-detecting blood tests have been sold online to consumers for the past few years. Their promises of early and accurate results prompted genetics researchers to take a closer look. They analysed 57 published studies of gender testing done in rigorous research or academic settings - though not necessarily the same methods or conditions used by direct-to-consumer firms. The authors say the results suggest blood tests like those studied could be a breakthrough for women at risk of having babies with ce...

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