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Down syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality characterized by the presence of an extra copy of genetic material on the 21st chromosome, either in whole (Trisomy 21) or in part (such as due to translocations). The effects of the extra copy vary greatly among people, depending on the extent of the extra copy, genetic history and pure chance. In 2007, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) endorsed guidelines that offer risk assessment to all pregnancies for fetal chromosomal abnormalities, including Down syndrome. It is estimated that approximately 70%, or 2.8 million, women undergo Down syndrome screening in the United States each year.
MUHC's 'Dr. House' discovers new genetic disease and the gene responsible for it

MUHC's 'Dr. House' discovers new genetic disease and the gene responsible for it

Speech Pathology Australia raises awareness about Developmental Language Disorder

Speech Pathology Australia raises awareness about Developmental Language Disorder

Down syndrome may hold important clues to onset of Alzheimer's disease

Down syndrome may hold important clues to onset of Alzheimer's disease

Human brain cell transplant opens new avenues to understand neurological conditions

Human brain cell transplant opens new avenues to understand neurological conditions

Will Maine voters decide to make aging in place affordable?

Will Maine voters decide to make aging in place affordable?

The feds’ termination of a tiny contract inflames bitter fight over fetal tissue

The feds’ termination of a tiny contract inflames bitter fight over fetal tissue

Delayed childbearing plays role in increasing number of multiple births

Delayed childbearing plays role in increasing number of multiple births

UTA scientists map function of enzymes to provide keys for developing new drugs

UTA scientists map function of enzymes to provide keys for developing new drugs

Study finds increased rate of repeat pregnancies in women with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Study finds increased rate of repeat pregnancies in women with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Genetic testing before embryo transfer makes no difference to live birth rates

Genetic testing before embryo transfer makes no difference to live birth rates

New lab-on-a-chip technology could soon help detect fetal genetic abnormalities in early pregnancy

New lab-on-a-chip technology could soon help detect fetal genetic abnormalities in early pregnancy

NIPD offers reliable detection of fetal trisomies

NIPD offers reliable detection of fetal trisomies

New guidelines recommend newborns with Down’s syndrome to receive leukemia test

New guidelines recommend newborns with Down’s syndrome to receive leukemia test

Technology breakthrough could enable detection of fetal genetic abnormalities in early pregnancy

Technology breakthrough could enable detection of fetal genetic abnormalities in early pregnancy

New drug reduces symptoms of Rett syndrome in preclinical models

New drug reduces symptoms of Rett syndrome in preclinical models

Scientists identify gene responsible for evolution of recombination rates

Scientists identify gene responsible for evolution of recombination rates

Make room for babies: After giving birth, Duckworth presses Senate to bend rules

Make room for babies: After giving birth, Duckworth presses Senate to bend rules

Researchers develop way to sequence entire fetal genome by modifying prenatal testing method

Researchers develop way to sequence entire fetal genome by modifying prenatal testing method

New discovery could accelerate clinical translation of stem cell-based therapies

New discovery could accelerate clinical translation of stem cell-based therapies

In Trump’s first year, anti-abortion forces make strides despite setbacks

In Trump’s first year, anti-abortion forces make strides despite setbacks