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GeneSyte™ Prenatal Genetic Testing

Genea’s GeneSyte™ prenatal genetic testing, performed at the Genea Laboratory in Sydney, is a blood test that a pregnant woman can undertake in the first trimester of pregnancy to look for chromosome errors that her baby may have. Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) is the most commonly known one of the chromosome errors detected by GeneSyte. When it comes to the health of your future child, only the best and most accurate test will do. For that reason, it’s  important to know that GeneSyte™:

  • has the lowest “unable to report” rate of any pre-natal test on the market;
  • Provides results 99.8% of the time^; and
  • doesn’t just provide risk scores (like some tests do), GeneSyte gives you a result – in other words, GeneSyte gives you an answer about the health of your baby.

The reassurance of knowing with GeneSyte™

GeneSytes’ exclusive screening test provides definitive answers on a wider range of chromosomal abnormalities during pregnancy.

  1. Testing as early as 10 weeks
  2. Safer with a simple blood test
  3. Clear and concise results, not just a risk score
  4. Results within 7 working days

How does GeneSyte™ work?

In the first trimester of pregnancy (anytime from 10 weeks’ gestation) we take a blood sample from the mother and test it for the baby’s DNA. That’s because, during a pregnancy some of the baby’s DNA crosses the placenta into the mother’s bloodstream. We can find it in a sample of the mother’s blood and Genea’s scientists can then check for conditions that are caused by extra or missing chromosomes. GeneSyte tests all chromosomes but some of the most commonly known conditions tested for are Down, Edwards and Patau syndromes, all of which are caused by an extra chromosome. GeneSyte™ can also report on the sex of a baby.

GeneSyte is a form of NIPT or Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing. You may also have heard it referred to as NIPS or Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening. Both terms are accurate description of the method of testing which means that there is no risk to baby or mother.

What is the difference between GeneSyte™ and other tests on the market?

While there’s an array of NIPT/NIPS products available, GeneSyte offers what is arguably one the most important elements when it comes to this form of test – the likelihood of a result first time around. Some competitors have an unable to report' result 3-5% of the time. In contrast, GeneSyte delivers a result, 98.9% of the time^.

When to have GeneSyte

GeneSyte™ can be conducted anytime from 10 weeks’ gestation. However, this test works well in combination with the 12 week ultrasound. The 12 week ultrasound looks for the healthy growth of a baby, GeneSyte™ looks at the chromosome health of the baby which is just as important.
All blood samples are tested at Genea’s Sydney lab which has one of the fastest reporting times.


GeneSyte™ costs $445 out of pocket there is no Medicare rebate. Through Genea’s highly qualified counsellors, we also offer free genetic counselling to all patients if required. Genea’s counsellors specialise in genetics and pregnancy.


Any doctor may order GeneSyte™. GPs, obstetricians and clinicians at ultrasound units often do. Any referral is accepted, even if a doctor doesn’t have our specific request/referral form.

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