In Brief This Week: Sequenom; Arrayjet; Population Genetics Technologies; Protea Biosciences; Assay Depot, Rare Genomics Institute | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom said this week that the California Technology Assessment Forum has completed an independent evaluation of the cell-free fetal DNA technology used in the Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine's MaterniT21 Plus laboratory-developed test. According to the firm, CTAF recommended that the use of cell-free fetal DNA as a prenatal advanced screening test for fetal aneuploidy for Trisomy 21 and Trisomy 18 in high-risk women meets all five CTAF criteria for safety and efficacy and improvement in health outcomes.

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