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Cell-free DNA screening blooms in expansion to low-risk pregnancies

March 2017—Something about having the letters “DNA” in a test’s name may make the test seem like the last word, the key to a black-and-white, definitive diagnosis. That connotation has been problematic for cell-free DNA sequencing used for noninvasive prenatal testing, because the test is not intended or designed for diagnosis, but only for screening. It’s for that reason, in fact, that some maternal-fetal medicine specialists and clinical geneticists prefer to use the term “noninvasive prenatal screening,” with the acronym NIPS.

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