NIPT Factsheet

NIPT stands for non-invasive prenatal testing. It involves a blood test taken from a pregnant woman, at least 10 weeks into the pregnancy. It looks at fragments of cells (DNA) found in placental blood. The woman’s blood contains a mixture of her own cell fragments and those from the placenta. Therefore, NIPT screens for fragments of placental cells, not the baby’s cells/DNA.

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