This excellent article explains the basis for the Baby Gender Mentor test, which detects fetal DNA found in the mother's blood to determine the baby's gender. The article notes that the product does not require FDA approval, because it is not used for a "medical diagnosis".
Article: The Situation with Tucker Carlson
, June 27, MSNBC
The Baby Gender Mentor early gender determination test is discussed.
The Acu-Gen Acu-Gender test has been repackaged as the Baby Gender
Mentor (and the price has doubled). The test was featured
on NBC's Today Show. The segment included a
description of how the test works by detecting male DNA.
The segment repeated Acu-Gen's claims about the test's accuracy without
questioning their claims at all. . Katie, you let me down.
Telling millions of viewers that this test is darn near foolproof
without asking a single probing question about the results of clinical
studies, the outcome of kits sold so far, or how many customers have
requested refunds, is dropping the ball.
Holly Osborn of Connecticut bravely received her Baby Gender Mentor
test results on-air. She gamely managed a billiant smile on
hearing that her test result showed that she was expecting her third
daughter, and not the boy she and her husband hoped for. (Holly,
you're welcome to visit us over in the Gender Disappointment forum, if
you'd like to talk about it!)
To see the Today Show segment or buy Baby Gender Mentor, see: