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A fruit vendor walks past an Apple store in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 24, 2014.

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FILE - An employee in the city hall in Munich is watching the webpage of the Linux operating system in Munich, southern Germany, on Tuesday, June 15, 2004.

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Co-author of the Global Technology Report Soumitra Dutta. (A. Phillips/VOA)

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George Putic
April 24, 2014 1:44 PM
Scientists are developing a smartphone app they say can accurately detect Down syndrome in infants soon after birth. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Phone App Could Help Detect Down Syndrome

Scientists are developing a smartphone app they say can accurately detect Down syndrome in infants soon after birth. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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