Now in its ninth month, Baylor College of Medicine's Prenatal Chromosomal Microarray Analysis service — the first of its kind — is just beginning to gain momentum, according to Arthur Beaudet, director of Baylor's cytogenetics lab.

Beaudet, who also chairs Baylor's Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, told BioArray News that demand so far has been "relatively minimal, [but] it's just starting to increase. I think we are doing something between two to four [analyses] per week right now."

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