12 September 2016 (Monday) - Rh(D) genotyping from maternal plasma

Is this the future? We had a CPD talk at work today. It won’t be long before the blood groups of the unborn babies of pregnant women are determined by PCR on maternal blood samples.

This will save a lot of time and trouble. Mothers requiring anti-D post-delivery will be identified before the baby is born. There will be no need to send cord samples to the lab for labour-intensive cord blood grouping. Anti-D can be issued far quicker than it currently is.

Win-win all round… How soon can we start doing this?

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