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New Products: LifeCodexx's PrenaTest; RainDance's ThunderBolts

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LifeCodexx's PrenaTest for noninvasive detection of fetal anueploidies is now available for use in multiple pregnancies. It can also be used following fertility treatment, such as in vitro fertilization or egg donation after the 9th week of gestation.

The firm is also offering PrenaTest express, which has a turnaround time of one week, in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.


RainDance Technologies has launched its ThunderBolts Cancer Panel, which covers 49 cancer-related genes and runs on its RainDance Source Instrument, a $50,000 compact digital PCR system. The panel requires 1.5 hours of hands-on time and 10 ng of starting DNA and can detect mutations at a minor allele frequency below 5 percent, according to the company.

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