Saturday, January 28, 2012

Molecular pathology boon for prenatal diagnosis: Expert

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Around half a million newborns in India suffer from congenital genetic disorders every year - the highest in the world - but advances like molecular pathology have helped detecting these disorders at early stages, an expert said Saturday.

"The number of children born with genetic disorders in India is highest in the world," I.C. Verma, director, Sir Ganga Ram hospital, said at International Symposium on Molecular Pathology here.

However, because of advancements like molecular pathology, the cases of genetic disorders are being detected at an early stage, he said.

"There has been an increase in prenatal diagnosis in such cases and its success is above 30 percent," Verma claimed.

Molecular pathology is a discipline within pathology which focuses on the study and diagnosis of disease through the examination of molecules within organs, tissues or bodily fluids.

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