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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Arup Laboratories has become the latest lab to sign a deal to offer Natera's Panorama non-invasive prenatal screening test.

While much ado has been made about the plummeting costs of next-generation sequencing and how the $1,000 genome will revolutionize healthcare, the days of ubiquitous whole-genome sequencing are still years away.

This story was originally posted on Feb. 28.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – UnitedHealthcare has joined the growing list of national insurers to support non-invasive prenatal diagnostics tests.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Piper Jaffray today upgraded Sequenom to Overweight, noting recent decisions by payors that non-invasive prenatal diagnostic testing is medically necessary under certain circumstances.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bio-Reference Laboratories today announced a definitive agreement to offer Natera's non-invasive prenatal diagnostic test.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – What were the articles that gained the most interest from GenomeWeb Daily News' readers last week? Here are the top five:

Quest Diagnostics has agreed to distribute Panorama, Natera's noninvasive targeted SNP sequencing-based test to diagnose fetal aneuploidies, following Natera's announcement of the commercial launch of the test this week.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Quest Diagnostics today said that it has signed an agreement to offer a non-invasive prenatal test developed by Natera.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Aetna this week issued a clinical policy bulletin suggesting that it may soon begin covering non-invasive prenatal DNA tests for Down syndrome.

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In Science this week: International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium publishes the bread wheat cultivar Chinese Spring reference genome, and more.

At his FDA Law Blog, Jeffrey Gibbs discusses FDA's technical assistance for the draft Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act.

The New York Times reports that genetic testing has uncovered unfaithful penguins at a Utah aquarium.

Cancer researcher loses funding under new Wellcome Trust anti-bullying policies, the Guardian reports.