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JMF, NHGRI to Develop Newborn Screening Tests on Affy Platform

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (GenomeWeb News) - The Jeffrey Modell Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to researching pediatric immunodeficiency disorders, and the National Human Genome Research Institute intend to co-develop a post-natal screen for primary immunodeficiency based on Affymetrix's microarray platform, the three partners said today.

NHGRI will take the lead in developing the test, which will look for a form of DNA that is found in children with healthy immune systems. If the test results are unusual, a second test based on Affy's platform will screen for specific biomarkers associated with immunodeficiency.

JMF will fund the project. A time table for when the tests would become available was not discussed.

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