NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The UK government has approved the use of noninvasive prenatal testing for trisomies 21, 18, and 13 as part of an existing prenatal screening program.

The decision follows a recommendation by the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) in January to evaluate NIPT as a secondary screening test, offering it as an alternative to an invasive diagnostic test for women deemed to be at high risk following the current primary screening test.

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