Discrimination before birth. Detection of Down’s syndrome is made significantly easy by a new technique
Prenatal detection now more easier making discrimination before birth a global reality. A laboratory test which only requires a small sample of the mother’s blood has recently been developed to detect Down’s syndrome during pregnancy. A large study has now been published (see HERE), which analysed the blood from 15,841 pregnant women; 38 cases of Down’s syndrome were detected, compared to only 30 with the standard method. The number of false positives was also significantly lower than with the standard method, 0.06% vs. 5.4%. From an ethical point of view, we need to ask if this greater ease for detecting foetuses with Down’s syndrome will also make it easier to eliminate them.