Since Sequenom launched the first noninvasive prenatal sequencing test for Down syndrome and other fetal aneuploidies in October 2011, the field has exploded.

For instance, just last week, Illumina said it planned to acquire Verinata Health for up to $450 million. Verinata markets a noninvasive sequencing-based fetal aneuploidy test, Verifi (CSN 1/9/2013).

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