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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