The Distance

The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Dennis Lo tells The Observer that, back in 1997 when he and his colleagues published their finding that fetal DNA could be found in the mother's bloodstream, he was astonished that people "didn't realize how far this technology could go. They thought you could use it only to tell the sex of the baby."

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