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Upstate Answers: Why doesn’t amniocentesis test for genetic conditions other than Downs?

There are so many genetic conditions. Why does amniocentesis only test for Downs Syndrome? – Seth Tucker, Syracuse “Amniocentesis is a procedure that provides a diagnosis of fetal defects.  It is usually done in the early second trimester.  In the 1970′s, … Continue reading

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Stepping forward, raising money and awareness for tuberous sclerosis complex

Every fall for the last five years, Bridgett Langstaff has helped organize a walk to raise awareness for tuberous sclerosis complex, a genetic disease that affects her son, Jude. The boy will turn 5 in November. He seemed like a … Continue reading

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What is tuberous sclerosis complex?

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare disease caused by a genetic mutation and marked by noncancerous tumors that grow throughout the body. For many people with TSC, signs and symptoms are evident at birth. Others may not be diagnosed … Continue reading

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