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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Illumina today said that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Verinata Health for $350 million with additional potential milestone payments of up to $100 million through 2015.

The deal provides Illumina with Verinata’s Verifi non-invasive prenatal test for detecting trisomy 21, 18, and 13. The test analyzes cell-free fetal DNA using next-generation sequencing.

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The Newsroom reports New Zealand is using genomics to trace the origins of its new coronavirus outbreak.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the struggle to meet the demand for rapid COVID-19 testing.

In Nature this week: researchers in Canada sequence the genome of the black mustard plant Brassica nigra, and more.

According to Bloomberg, Moderna has a $1.5 billion vaccine deal with the US to provide 100 million doses.

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