The UK’s National Health Service is to start trialling a simple blood test during pregnancy, which can detect Down’s syndrome in the developing foetus. According to a report from the BBC, this could significantly reduce the number of women needing invasive testing.
The study, to be carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital, will assess how and when the blood test could be introduced across the NHS.
The BBC said that, in the UK, 750 babies are born with Down’s syndrome each year and all pregnant women in the UK are offered screening for it. However, the current invasive screening techniques carry a one-in-a-hundred chance of miscarriage.