Blood inhibin plate for menstrual cycle/Down's

Blood inhibin plate for menstrual cycle/Down's

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Caption: "Inhibin A" blood test. Assay plate showing levels of the natural hormone inhibin A through a woman's menstrual cycle. This inhibin A assay may also be conducted in pre-natal screening for Down's syn- drome. Here, the top wells are a colour scale against which blood specimens in other wells are measured. Different colours show levels of inhibin A, the darker the colour the higher the level. Inhibin A is secreted by the human testis and ovary, and the placenta during pregnancy. Up to 2.5 times more inhibin A is released in Down's syndrome pregnancies than normal pregnancies. In this way a pre-natal test for Down's syndrome can be conducted as early as 11 weeks of pregnancy.

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Keywords: assay, blood analysis, blood test, blood testing, clinical, down's screening, down's synd., down's syndrome, down's syndrome tst, downs, haematology, healthcare, hematology, hospital test, inhibin a, medical, medicine, menstrual cycle, prenatal test

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