An inexpensive and simple blood test to detect Down syndrome and other birth disorders is currently under research and development. This test could provide an improved alternative to current prenatal tests. (http://www.abilitypath.org/articles/article/hea..
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Down syndrome is a genetic variation that affects one out of 800 to 1,000 babies born in the United States. More than 350,000 people live with Down syndrome in the United States. Although all children are unique in their patterns of development, children ..