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The New York Times,  Aug 21, 2011
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Tests using DNA to determine a fetus’s sex have been shown to be remarkably accurate, able to tell with 95 percent certainty as early as seven weeks into pregnancy, if a woman is carrying a boy or girl. The tests, which detect the fetus’s DNA in a mother’s blood or urine, are available in drugstores and online, and reports about their accuracy are likely to increase their popularity. They are also the first of an expected raft of DNA tests likely to detect disorders like Down syndrome and other genetic traits. But the tests also raise ethical questions: whether couples will abort fetuses of an unwanted sex. The possibility discomfits many, and is also providing fuel for anti-abortion politics.

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