Sequenom last week became the first major player in the next-generation sequencing-based, non-invasive prenatal testing market to offer chromosomal microarray analysis services to its customers.

It is not clear if other NIPT providers, such as Verinata Health and Ariosa Diagnostics will follow suit, but at least one other company that offers NIPT, Natera, said that it has no immediate plans to provide a similar CMA service to its customers.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.