New Developments in Fetal Gene Sequencing
It's neat to know my own DNA. It feels like the biological equivalent of looking over a psychologist's notes, seeing what makes me tick. Some things I've suspected for years, others come as a complete surprise. Gene sequencing is what allows us to even begin to imagine pharmacogenetics and personalized medicine. So I think it's understandable when we're a little excited about it being in the news.
This week Reuters reported on a new technique that could drastically reduce both the cost and risks associated with fetal gene sequencing. Rather than drawing cells from the amniotic fluid or placenta, scientists at the University of Washington say that they can now genotype a fetus from nothing more than a vial of the mother's blood. If this is successful, these kinds of tests could become much cheaper and safer, and allow new generations of patients to recieve (literally) lifelong personal care. If you are interested in the technique and its potential ramifications, I'd highly recommend reading the original article.