Natera and Qiagen have signed a 10-year agreement to develop cell-free DNA assays for use on Qiagen's GeneReader next-generation sequencing system.
The company agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging it improperly billed government health plans for its genetic tests.
The Index outperformed the Dow Jones, the Nasdaq, and the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, and reversed the 3 percent loss it saw in December.
Natera outlined its work with pharmaceutical firms to use the Signatera assay, while Luminex was bullish about its growing molecular diagnostics business.
Natera said its liquid biopsy assay Signatera is well suited for the immuno-oncology field, particularly pharmaceutical companies developing personalized vaccines.
The molecular diagnostics company reported total revenues of $56.7 million in the quarter, and saw its testing volume grow 15 percent over Q3 2016.
Researchers at Aarhus will use Natera's liquid biopsy assay to monitor colorectal cancer patients after surgery and chemotherapy.
The company is collaborating with two UK institutes to assess whether its Signatera ctDNA technology can detect disease recurrence in women treated for breast cancer.
Several commercial NIPT providers in the US said they are planning to participate in the new program.
The company says Panorama is the only NIPT that can tell whether twins are identical or fraternal, which can impact the clinical management of a pregnancy.
The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.
The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.
Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.
In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.