Newly released pregnancy test tells gender of baby-to-be

SUNNYVALE, Calif. Consumer Genetics on Wednesday released a new pregnancy test kit that can also help identify the gender of the baby-to-be with a positive result.

As many as half of expectant parents want to know the gender of their child, the company stated, citing a 2007 Gallup Panel poll. Suggested retail price for the kit is $24.95.

Once a woman determines she is pregnant, she can use the included gender test kit as early as 7 weeks post-conception. The gender test involves a finger-prick blood sample for DNA collection and preservation. The kit is then mailed to the lab, with an additional lab fee of $199. Based on the company’s internal research study, the Consumer Genetics gender testing technology boasts slightly greater than 95 percent accuracy.

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