Asper Biotech recently launched several new reprogenetic tests. The Tartu, Estonia-based firm uses arrayed primer extension to test fetal cells for specific genetic abnormalities.

New assays as a service from its lab include its carrier test, which enables users to determine the carrier status of 92 mutations linked to 19 disorders, including sickle-cell anemia, beta-thalassemia, Tay-Sachs disease, and others.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.