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St. George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which has been offering NIPT since last year, plans to double its capacity by the third quarter.

Low-coverage, whole-genome sequencing had a diagnostic yield of up to 53 percent in prenatal and postnatal samples referred for chromosomal analyses.

The recommendation calls for NIPT to be initially offered to women deemed at high risk for trisomy 21, 13, or 18 after the initial screening test.

Only about 5 to 6 percent of women in China, mostly in urban areas, currently obtain NIPT, but their number is expected to increase quickly in coming years.

Thermo will invest £5 million in Premaitha as a secured loan facility, of which the firm will receive £3 million initially and the remainder as milestone payments.

Maverix Biomics and Diagnomics have received CLIA validation for their pre-natal molecular diagnostic on a next-generation sequencing platform.

Prices in Germany for noninvasive prenatal testing have plummeted over the last year, driven by competition and process improvements.

Under the agreement, OriGen will send maternal blood samples to Premaitha's clinical laboratory in the UK, which will analyze them using the firm's Iona test.

The study, published online in Prenatal Diagnosis last month, analyzed 40 websites from noninvasive prenatal test providers in detail.

The initiative aims to educate patients and healthcare providers about the benefits and limitations of NIPT screening and how to interpret the results.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.