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ANCHOR LEAD:  CAN A HOME TEST KIT TELL IF IT’S A GIRL OR A BOY?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

A new test kit available over the Internet claims to be able to tell a woman who’s just six weeks pregnant whether she’s having a boy or a girl.  Howard Zacur, head of reproductive endocrinology at Johns Hopkins, has some questions about the test.

ZACUR: So the question that I would raise is if you are going to do this test what is going to be the error rate? I mean how many times would you be told that you’re going to deliver a baby girl and it would turn out otherwise? :13

Research testing carries about a three percent error rate, but that isn’t the rate for the kit.  Zacur describes the other methods used clinically.

ZACUR: The current techniques that are used include chorionic villus sampling, which can be done quite early, you can have amniocentesis,which is done later, and then even later just simply doing a very accurate, detailed pelvic ultrasound. :17

So for now, if you decide to use the test kit, buyer beware.  The company doesn’t claim to be very accurate, but will refund your money if they’re wrong.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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