To make an appointment or refer a patient for fetal exome sequencing, visit our Fetal Treatment Center.

Fetal exome sequencing is part of the next generation of genetic testing available for women with complicated pregnancies. This promising new test allows UCSF clinicians and researchers to examine and analyze the protein-coding regions of the genome. These regions are like snapshots of the genome and can help researchers diagnose fetal anomalies. By focusing on a small portion (only 2 percent) of the genome, the test is less expensive than sequencing the entire genome and can still identify a genetic diagnosis in many cases.

UCSF's Fetal Treatment Center is one of the few clinics in the nation to offer this kind of genetic testing for women. Test results are reviewed by our multidisciplinary team of experts, so patients receive the most comprehensive information about any fetal complications they may be facing.