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June 13, 2012

Researchers predict genome of child without invasive screening

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But even if parents who learn a child will have a severe developmental disorder decide against an abortion, they-and their doctors-might be better prepared for a baby's needs. Beaudet argues that while some cultures or religious groups might object to a fetus's whole genome being sequenced, it will ultimately become a normal part of prenatal care. Indeed, Lo says he is optimistic that in five years, the technical problems of the process will be solved. "That is why we need to have a debate about this now."

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This is adapted from ScienceNOW, the online daily news service of the journal Science. http://news.sciencemag.org

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