Researchers from Dennis Lo's lab at The Chinese University of Hong Kong have adapted their non-invasive prenatal sequencing method for bisulfite sequencing to analyze the methylation status of fetal DNA in maternal plasma samples.

The group published a study describing the approach — and demonstrating how it could potentially be used as an alternative method for detecting trisomies — in Clinical Chemistry earlier this month.

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