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UW Prenatal Test Could Replace Amniotic Fluid Testing

Ross Reynolds
06/07/2012 at 12:00 p.m.

UW Prenatal Test Could Replace Amniotic Fluid Testing: Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a test to map the DNA of a fetus based on blood and saliva from the parents. That means no invasive tests, like amniotic fluid tests, which can cause miscarriages. Genetics experts are saying the test could change the way prenatal DNA testing is done. But is the test reliable?

Lawsuit Tests Washingtons's Mental Health Parity Law: Washington state is one of the few that requires health providers to include mental health services. A federal judge says Group Health is not following those rules when it comes to therapies for people with mental disabilities. KUOW's Ruby de Luna reports.

How are The Tens Of Millions In Aid For Japanese Tsunami And Quake Victims Being Spent? Over the past year, people and businesses in the Pacific Northwest have contributed tens of millions of dollars to Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief. It's an unfamiliar situation for a wealthy, industrialized country like Japan to be the recipient of international relief funds. Correspondent Tom Banse visited Japan to see where the money went.



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Jay Shendure is a professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington.

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