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Sequenom Reports Development of Fetal Genetic Mutation Detection Method

NEW YORK, July 12 (GenomeWeb News) - Sequenom announced today that it has developed, in collaboration with an international consortium led by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Boston University, a method of determining genetic mutations in circulating fetal nucleic acids in maternal plasma.


Using the company's MassArray technology, the researchers were able to detect the inheritance of the four most common Southeast Asian beta-thalassemia mutations in at-risk pregnancies between seven to 21 weeks of gestation, as well as analyze fetal haplotypes based on a genetic variation linked to the beta-globin locus HBB, Sequenom said.


Details of the development appear in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the company noted.


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