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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – BGI Dx, a subsidiary of BGI, and Italian firm Bioscience Genomics today announced they have signed a five-year framework agreement focused on non-invasive prenatal testing.

As it continues to expand its presence in the non-invasive prenatal testing market, Natera has been developing its technology for the cancer diagnostics space and is poised to make announcements in that area "very soon."

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Sequenom has purchased intellectual property from Isis Innovations covering noninvasive prenatal testing for nearly $14.6 million, the company said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A US Patent and Trademark Office board has declared that certain claims on a patent held by Sequenom are unpatentable, while it upheld other claims on the patent, US Patent No. 6,258,540.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Sengenics said this week that it has exclusively partnered with Sequenom to launch that company's VisibiliT non-invasive prenatal test in Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Laboratory Corporation of America said this week that it has developed and launched a noninvasive prenatal test for fetal chromosomal abnormalities.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Close on the heels of research that highlighted how widely the reported specificity and the positive predictive value of sequencing-base

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Though the reported specificity of sequencing-based non invasive prenatal screening tests is generally more than 99 percent, this doesn't mean that false positive rates will be below one percent for all the disorders these tests now target.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Mount Sinai Services today announced a distribution deal with Illumina to offer the Verifi non-invasive prenatal test in Ontario.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Natera today announced that its cloud-based software has received CE marking, allowing the company to market the product in the European Union and other countries that accept the designation.

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At the Lancet, more than two dozen public health researchers condemn the conspiracy theories that have emerged surrounding the source of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Washington Post reports that Philip Leder, who helped uncover how DNA codes for proteins and studied the role of genes in cancer, has died.

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Pittsburgh look into how often de novo genes arise and how important they may be.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline for genotyping Alu retrotransposon mobile element insertions, previously undocumented non-coding RNAs, and more.