NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Close on the heels of research that highlighted how widely the reported specificity and the positive predictive value of sequencing-based non-invasive prenatal tests can diverge, Natera, one of several companies offering clinical sequencing-based NIPT, has published a study of its Panorama test showing high PPV not only for higher-risk but also lower-risk women.

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