Prenatal diagnosis by globin chain synthesis analysis on fetal blood samples obtained by placental aspiration was performed in two pregnancies at risk for beta-thalassaemia. Since both fathers had blood group AB, and both mothers had group O, fetal red cell concentration from maternal-fetal mixtures was obtained with the aid of anti-AB serum. With this approach it was possible to carry out globin chain synthesis analysis with very small amounts of fetal blood. Heterozygous and normal genotypes were ascertained and confirmed after birth.
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