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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Molecular diagnostics firm Invitae has partnered with gene therapy developer Spark Therapeutics to launch a free genetic testing program for patients suspected of having inherited retinal disease (IRD).

In a separate deal, Invitae also partnered with X4 Pharmaceuticals to provide free genetic testing for WHIM syndrome and Severe Congenital Neutropenia (SCN), a group of rare inherited primary immunodeficiencies.

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