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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Privately held Chinese diagnostics services firm iGenomics has purchased 17 of Life Technologies' Ion Proton next-generation sequencing systems and has agreed to add 15 more machines by the end of the year, Life Tech said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Ariosa Diagnostics today said it has reached a deal with Fleury Medicina e Saude (Fleury Group) to provide Ariosa's non-invasive prenatal diagnostic test in Brazil.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Natera and LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services today announced a deal to distribute the Panorama non-invasive prenatal diagnostic test in Canada.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina said today that it has entered into a three-year supply agreement with Natera, under which Natera will run its noninvasive prenatal test Panorama on Illumina's HiSeq 2500 and use the associated Illumina consumables.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Ariosa Diagnostics announced today that it has inked a partnership with Advance Medical to offer its Harmony Prenatal Test to clinicians in Mexico.

This article has been updated with a comment from one of the researchers regarding which tests will be included in the study.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DASA Group and Natera have reached a deal to offer Natera's non-invasive prenatal diagnostic test in Brazil, the companies announced on Thursday.
Financial and other terms were not disclosed.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom today said that its San Diego lab, the Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine, has received a clinical laboratory permit from New York Department of Health's Wadsworth Center Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina announced late Thursday that Verinata Health has received a clinical laboratory permit from the State of New York for its laboratory, allowing the company to market its Verifi non-invasive prenatal diagnostic test in the state.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom and CombiMatrix today announced an agreement to market chromosomal microarray analysis testing services "to broaden and confirm the results of non-invasive prenatal testing" to doctors and patients.

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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.