Home test to discover baby’s sex at just six week

Parents can find out the sex of their baby at just six weeks by using a new home test available on the Internet.

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The £189 mail-order kit by DNA Worldwide works by testing a single drop of a pregnant woman’s blood. It produces the same information usually first given at 20 weeks by an ultrasound scan.

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It takes around six days for results of the test to be returned to the customer. DNA Worldwide claims the verdict is accurate 99% of the time.

Some parents will use the test to help them plan ahead but pro-life campaigners warned last night that a result at six weeks could lead to a sharp rise in the number of abortions.

The 20-week scan comes a month before the legal limit for an abortion. But some health authorities have already stopped revealing the information at 20 weeks for fear of ‘wrong-sex’ terminations.

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An early sex test is already available on the Health Service for those whose babies are at risk of gender-specific genetic conditions such as the wasting disease muscular dystrophy. Most of these disorders affect only boys so by determining the sex early around half could avoid having further tests.

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