NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – KellBenx, a Great River, New York-based firm  developing technology that can identify fetal cells in maternal blood,  is about to launch a 1,000-person clinical validation study in collaboration with Columbia University with the hopes of subsequently commercializing a noninvasive prenatal diagnostic based on the technology.

According to KellBenx CEO Hassan Bennani, tests that analyze these fetal cells could be more accurate than those that analyze cell-free fetal DNA.

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