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New Products: Verinata Health's Verifi; GeneDx's XomeDx; COSMIC


Verinata Health has launched Verifi, its noninvasive sequencing-based test to diagnose fetal trisomy 21, trisomy 18, and trisomy 13 in high-risk pregnancies. According to the company's website, the test is available for women as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy and has a turnaround time of eight to 10 business days.

subsidiary GeneDx has launched its XomeDx exome sequencing test to diagnose rare diseases. The test is intended for patients who have gone through routine diagnostic tests without receiving a diagnosis. Out-of-pocket costs will be under $1,000 for a set of three tests, including the patient and two healthy family members, according to the company (CSN 10/19/2012).

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has released version 58 of COSMIC, the Catalog of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. Five new fusion gene pairs and one new cancer gene are curated in the new release. Additionally, 13 new genes have been added to the cancer gene census, bringing the total genes implicated in cancer to 487.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.