Non-invasive prenatal screening gaining popularity
Genetic counselors are playing a greater role in areas of medicine in the wake of advancement in genomic technology. In the last decade, genetic testing has improved dramatically, enabling medical professionals the ability to screen for common genetic conditions like Down syndrome more accurately beginning at 10 weeks gestation.

“One of the most exciting advances in genetic testing has been the introduction of a new test called non-invasive prenatal screening, or cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) screening,” said Martha Dudek, M.S., LCGC, a genetic counselor and senior associate in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt. “Initially targeted for the high-risk pregnancy population, the screening is now more widely available to all women in pregnancy....