A new medical testing kit allows parents to swab their child’s saliva to test for 60 terminal or disabling conditions.
Results are guaranteed within four weeks and can be life-saving if an otherwise undetected condition is caught early enough, shares Daily Mail.
The NextGen test isn’t cheap at $980, but it screens for rare genetic disorders linked to a range of cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory and muscoskeletal conditions.
The test was developed by Sydney-based pathology practice Genepath to complement the traditional ‘heel prick’ test newborns receive to check for medical conditions, including cystic fibrosis and hypothyroidism.
Healthcare professionals or parents can carry out the mouth swab on a newborn or older child, with the sample then sent to a lab in Australia for analysis based on DNA sequencing.
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