Public Lecture: Professor Dennis Lo talks about non-invasive pre-natal testing: from dream to reality Event as iCalendar

26 August 2013

6:15 - 7:30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 505-011, AMRF Auditorium, Building 505, 85 Park Road, Grafton

In 2011 Professor Dennis Lo of The Chinese University of Hong Kong radically changed clinical practice when he and his team launched a new, non-invasive prenatal screening process for Down syndrome that counts and examines fetal DNA which can be found floating in maternal blood. Recently, Professor Lo has pushed the envelope by demonstrating that a genome-wide genetic map of a fetus can be deduced by deep sequencing of a pregnant mother’s plasma.

While these breakthroughs have created a paradigm shift in prenatal diagnosis, making testing safer for a fetus and less stressful for a pregnant mother, the limitless nature of what could potentially be tested for means it’s timely for ethical, social and legal implications of this new technology to be discussed amongst stakeholders around the world.

Professor Dennis Lo will speak at The University of Auckland on 26 August, and at the Malaghan Institute in Wellington on 27 August, as a guest of Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development to talk through global developments.

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