Sasha Drewlo, Ph.D.

Sasha Drewlo, Ph.D.

Prenatal technology conceived by scientists at the Wayne State University School of Medicine was featured on the Nov. 3 episode of Science magazine’s weekly podcast.

The podcast is available for download via iTunes and at www.sciencemag.org/podcasts

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Sascha Drewlo, Ph.D., is interviewed by podcast host and Science Senior Multimedia Producer Sarah Crespi about the details behind a study published Nov. 2 in Science Translational Medicine related to a new method for profiling the DNA of fetuses very early in pregnancy.

Dr. Drewlo is co-principal investigator of the study led by Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology D. Randall Armant, Ph.D. Both Science magazine and Science Translational Medicine are journals of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In the journal article, the WSU researchers write that their non-invasive testing method –
Trophoblast Retrieval and Isolation from the Cervix – offers the accuracy of more invasive tests like the needle-directed amniocentesis, and can also be utilized five to 10 weeks earlier than current testing modalities.

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