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The story has been updated to include Ariosa Diagnostics test in California's program.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a blow to Sequenom, a federal court has invalidated a patent held by the company covering the detection of cell-free DNA in the bloodstream of pregnant women.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Enzo Biochem today said that it has signed an agreement to market Sequenom's MaterniT21 Plus test service in the northeast US.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A federal court has issued a ruling on certain claims made by Sequenom, Verinata Health, Ariosa Diagnostics and Natera in litigation alleging patent infringement.

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.

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.