genetic disorders

Men Have a Biological Clock Too, But Why Is That a Good Thing?

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This guest post was written by The Bump executive editor Rebecca Dolgin. In case you missed it, last week a study published in Nature linked a father’s age to autism, schizophrenia and other diseases. According to the piece, fathers passed on four times as many genetic mutations as mothers. This is bad news.... Read more

Are DNA Blueprints the Amnios of the Future?

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Researchers at the University of Washington have found a way to virtually map the entire genome of a fetus using a blood sample from mom and a saliva sample from dad. Their findings were published in Science Translational Medicine. This breakthrough might help parents find out the complete DNA blueprint of their unborn child,... Read more

Trisomy 18 — What’s That?

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Over the weekend, republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum reportedly took some time off to be with his three-year-old daughter Bella (short for Isabella), who was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. Monday, Bella -- who's known to have the genetic condition Trisomy 18 -- was released from the hospital. And yesterday, Santorum announced he was... Read more