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        5/7/2012, Iyar 15, 5772

      Health Ministry to Fund Tests of Fetal Chromosomes

      The Health Ministry decided, Monday, to fund molecular "genetic chip" testing of fetal chromosomes where ultrasound detects a significant genetic defect if recommended by a geneticist. The ministry will fund the testing completely, at no cost to the mother.

      The ministry has been funding prenatal tests (amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling) for women over 35 or on the recommendation of a geneticist for many years. Monday's decision reflects technological advances which increase the possibilities for diagnosis.