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Two Baby Gender Mentor kits, Massachusetts, United States, 2006

The Baby Gender Mentor kit revealed the sex of a child as early as five weeks after conception. An amount of foetal DNA is carried in the mother’s blood and analysing it can reveal the sex of the unborn child. Only males carry the Y chromosome, so if this is found in the mother’s blood sample then she is carrying a boy. She is presumed to be carrying a girl if it is not present. The kits consist of two pregnancy tests, a blood spot specimen collecting kit and a FedEx envelope. The mother does a finger prick blood test. This is sent to the Acu-Gen laboratories for analysis and the results are posted via email. The kits were made by Acu-Gen Biolab Incorporated in the US. They are marketed as 99.9% accurate and even offer a money back guarantee.

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Glossary: pregnancy

The condition of having a developing unborn embryo or foetus in the body. A human pregnancy is usually of 40 weeks gestation.

Glossary: DNA testing kit

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Glossary: birth

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Glossary: conception

The successful formation of a fertilised cell (zygote) by the union of the female ovum and the male sperm.