Prenatal diagnosis

Down Syndrome: New Rules Recommended for Prenatal Screening

On May 17, 2017, the French National Health Authority published an updated list of recommendations to screen for Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) during pregnancy. They specify the role and the conditions for performing new tests on fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s...

Eugenic Pressure Intensifies: Prenatal Screening Tests Authorized

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) on fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s bloodstream has just been added to the list of screening tests for Down’s syndrome during pregnancy, by a decree published on May 7th in the Official Journal in France. The Paris Public...

Undetected Down syndrome: Limoges Hospital Convicted

  On April 20, 2017, the Limoges Hospital was convicted for not having diagnosed Down syndrome in a baby girl prior to her birth in 2010. The parents of baby girl Maylis, who has Down syndrome, have been attempting for several years to press charges against the...

Down syndrome: Parents press charges against Limoges Hospital

This past March 30, 2017, the French administrative court in Limoges examined the case of a couple who gave birth to a child with Down’s syndrome in 2010. The parents accuse the doctor for not diagnosing their child’s handicap. Pregnant with her third child, a mother...

More Screening to Select Embryos?

Deputy Jean-Yves Le Déaut filed a new draft bill on November 16, 2016 aimed at extending indications for preimplantation diagnosis. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) consists in performing in-vitro genetic analysis on embryos, by withdrawing several individual...
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