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New Products: LifeCodexx's PraenaTest Express; Multiplicom's Mutation Detection Kits

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GATC Biotech subsidiary LifeCodexx has launched a new version of its noninvasive fetal aneuploidy test, PraenaTest Express, that has a turnaround time of one week. The express version of the test will initially be available in Germany, and after a pilot phase will be introduced in other European countries, according to the company.


Multiplicom had launched three mutation-detection kits based on the company's proprietary MASTR technology. The three kits, which detect mutations common in gastrointestinal track, colon, lung, and skin cancers, can be used in combination with all next-gen sequencing systems.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.