The NIPT Trend

A number of companies now offer non-invasive prenatal tests that can, by isolating fetal DNA from the mother's bloodstream, determine if the fetus has a chromosomal disorder. And, as Fortune's Clay Dillow writes, those tests may soon be able to detect even more disorders. "[I]f parents could know more about their child's health before birth, wouldn't they want to?" he adds.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

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