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The 'Almost Perfect' New York Times story

I'm not sure, but I think perhaps the New York Times had a "first" in its Week in Review section yesterday -- a story leading off with a quote from a person with Down syndrome. And not just in aid of a "gee-whiz" inspiration story, either. This was an in-depth trend story: The Problem With an Almost-Perfect Genetic World .

"I don't want to think like we're being judged against," Ms. Peterson said. "Not meeting their expectations." Mia Peterson, identified as the "chief of self-advocacy for the National Down Syndrome Society," was only one of a number of people talking to Times reporter Amy Harmon about the potential fallout from the new prenatal test announced recently that can detect the presence of Down syndrome in fetuses in the first trimester.

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