In Asia, Europe and the Americas combined there are over a hundred million pregnancies yearly. With an average cost of $900 per test, potential profits for the pharmaceutical industry developing dna-tests are huge:
“Looking forward, the market for prenatal and newborn genetic testing is projected to be worth USD 8.37 billion by the end of 2019, growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.9%.”
(For the latest news on revenues, shares and other financial tidbits on tests check out #NIPT).
Pharmaceutical industry slickly markets ‘peace of mind’ to expectant parents to sell their product and maximize profits. It is not surprising they have managed to distort a test aimed at eliminating a portion of society into a promise of life in ‘Harmony’. I can see expecting parents –only wanting the best for their child- swallowing the false promise of a perfect life based only on genetic information.