genetic disorders

Regenerative therapeutics company StemCyte will offer Fulgent's Beacon Expanded Carrier Screening and Newborn Genetic Analysis testing services.

The groups will conduct a study evaluating the benefits of targeted next-generation sequencing in the diagnosis and care of infants with genetic disorders.

The syndromes — HLRCC and SDH PGL/PCC — suppress DNA repair by homologous recombination, rendering tumors vulnerable to PARP inhibitors. 

Illumina is working on further reducing turnaround time of the analysis and on detecting structural variants and repeat expansions.

Centogene will help Aldeyra identify patients with Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome, a rare genetic disease for which Aldeyra is developing a treatment.

Hong Kong-based Rainbow Genomics will provide exome sequencing while UCLA will interpret the data and deliver a clinical report.

The team showed that sequencing can diagnose ill babies faster, leading to better outcomes and saving money by reducing unnecessary treatments and procedures.

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.

Three national organizations focused on prenatal, perinatal, and maternal-fetal care issued a consensus position statement related to genome-wide sequencing for fetal diagnosis.

The test is offered to couples who have had an affected pregnancy, with the goal of providing a diagnosis to enable early prenatal or preimplantation genetic testing. 

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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.