NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Quebec (CHUQ) has received C$10.5 million (US$10.1 million) in new funding from several Canadian government-affiliated groups to study the use of DNA sequencing coupled with a PerkinElmer serum test as a non-invasive technique for detecting birth defects, Genome Quebec said yesterday.

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