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Sequenom Shares Soar on Down Syndrome Test Results

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Shares of Sequenom were up nearly 34 percent, to $27.50, in mid-afternoon trading today after the company disclosed yesterday that its SEQureDx test for Down syndrome successfully tested for Trisomy 21 in 219 patients with no false positives or negatives.
The company also announced yesterday that it will acquire the CLIA-certified Center for Molecular Medicine for $4 million, putting it on schedule to launch the Down syndrome test in the first half of 2009.  
The results disclosed yesterday follow previous positive findings that the company announced in June and support the potential for the test to be used in the first trimester, the company said.
Sequenom said that it plans to do additional testing on 3,000 to 5,000 women and the results of this study should be released next June.

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