4. TRIC or Trophoblast Retrieval and Isolation from the Cervix

Recent research has shown a non-invasive method of cell collection called TRIC enables accurate testing for proteins associated with preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction in pregnant women. The procedure, which isolates fetal cells that migrate from the placenta into the uterus and are collected in a technique similar to a Pap smear, was first publicized in 2014 and continues to be studied due to its non-invasive nature and ability to provide cells of interest. Findings indicate the procedure has the potential to identify pregnancies at risk for complications as early as 5 weeks with the same accuracy as invasive tests like amniocentesis done later in pregnancy. And besides, we all know what happens when you don’t isolate fetal cells.

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