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What is NIPS aka NIPT aka GeneSyte?

Genea scientist microscope - Genea AustraliaA few questions posted on Facebook groups recently made us realise that there’s a lot of misinformation out there about Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS), which is also sometimes referred to as Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT).

NIPS is the blood test you can have in your first trimester to check on the chromosome health of your pregnancy.

You might have heard it called another name but, just so you know, that’s just one brand for NIPS. It’s a bit like the fact we Google things now, not search them. Or the way that box we use to keep our drinks cold has become known as an esky – Esky was originally a brand name.

But surely you really want the best with this test, not just the one most people have heard of. So, let’s dig into what’s really important, what this test does and why Genea’s version - called GeneSyte™ - is the best.

When a woman is pregnant, some of the baby’s DNA crosses the placenta into the mother’s bloodstream. GeneSyte™ is a prenatal test that involves taking a blood sample from the mother and testing for the baby’s DNA. Scientists can then look at the baby’s DNA for changes in chromosome numbers, checking for conditions which are caused by extra or missing chromosomes. At Genea, through GeneSyte™ we can test all chromosomes. Some of the most commonly known conditions we test for are Down, Edwards and Patau syndromes. GeneSyte™ can also report on the sex of a baby.

  • You can have your GeneSyte test from the beginning of the 10th week of your pregnancy. But it’s worth knowing that this test works well in combination with a 12-week ultrasound. The 12-week ultrasound looks for the healthy physical growth of a baby and GeneSyte™ looks at the chromosome health of the baby which is just as important.
  • All blood samples are tested at our Genea lab here in Australia and we have one of the fastest reporting times. We’ll get your results to your doctor within 5 business days (results for ACT patients will be delivered within 4-6 working days).
  • GeneSyte results are provided 99.9% of the time*. If we need you to retest, we won’t charge you again.

And most importantly, at Genea we offer free genetic counselling to all our patients if needed. Our counsellors are highly qualified, specifically in genetics and pregnancy.

So how do you get the test? Any doctor in Australia can order GeneSyte, so head over here and we’ll get you started.

* Statistics from Genea Pathology January 2017 to March 2018

Disclaimer: Please note that this is a Genea Group blog and as such information may not be relevant for all clinics. We advise that you consult clinics directly for further information.