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CLB Speaker Series: Stephen Quake, Jaime King, and Kelly Ormond

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February 18, 2009 5:00pm - 6:30pm

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Professor of Engineering Stephen Quake and collaborators recently announced a prenatal screening test that bypasses risky amniocentesis and samples bits of fetal DNA obtained from the mother's blood. Such a test could dramatically increase rates of screening for chromosomal disorders such as Down's syndrome. UC Hastings Professor of Law Jaime King will discuss the legal and ethical implications in light of the current use of prenatal genetic testing, and Director of Stanford's program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Kelly Ormond will discuss the practical and counseling implications of such advances in screening technology.

Press release: New prenatal test for Down syndrome less risky than amniocentesis, Stanford/Packard scientists say

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