NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Genetic testing company Invitae has expanded its next-generation sequencing-based assay to 600 genes from 200 genes and added new diagnostic panels in the areas of cardiovascular disease, hereditary cancer, neuromuscular disorders, rare disease, and pediatric disease, the company said today.

In addition, the firm struck an agreement with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association this week that allows it to negotiate with individual plans for in-network status.

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