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Fears Over New Down’s Syndrome Test May Have Been Exaggerated, Warns Expert

(The Guardian) – A safer prenatal test for Down’s syndrome due to be introduced on the NHS is not predicted to lead to more pregnancies being terminated, according to one of Britain’s most eminent statisticians. ir David Spiegelhalter, professor for the public understanding of risk at the University of Cambridge, said that the best evidence available suggests that the blood test, which will be made available in 2018, would lead to an increase of around 20 in the number of positive diagnoses made each year through screening.

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