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When the Chips are Down…

Israeli Ministry of Health will pay for Genetic Chip testing and as of now, Hadassah is the only hospital in Israel routinely using this process.
The Israeli ministry of health announced earlier this week that from now on Genetic Chip tests for pregnant women will be included in the basket of services covered by the State. This is the most advanced way to check chromosomes in the amniotic fluid to identify deficiencies in the fetus. The standard test offered in Israel until now was the Karyotype test. As of now, Hadassah is the only hospital in Israel with 3 years of experience in using the Genetic Chip, with more than 1,800 tests completed. Until now women who wanted the Genetic Chip test had to pay more than $800 to determine if there was a problem.
The Karyotype test is only able to diagnose part of the known deficiencies, plus it takes 21 days to receive the test results. The Genetic Chip can show results of chromosomal abnormalities within 4 days. "The era of giving birth to babies with chromosomal abnormalities is over", says Prof. Orly Elpeleg, head of the department of genetics and metabolic diseases and the Monique and Jacques Roboh Department of Genetic Research at Hadassah. "The Genetic Chip ‘sees’ one hundred times more than the other test" she says.
Obviuosly most if not all other hospitals in Israel will acquire the chip and start learning how to use it to the fullest.
 Date: 5/16/2012 12:00:00 AM

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