hemoglobinopathies BillionToOne to Launch Noninvasive Prenatal Screening Test; Plans Liquid Biopsy Products Premium The California startup is about to launch its first product, a noninvasive prenatal screening test for recessive single-gene disorders called Unity. CRISPR Therapeutics Licenses Cell Engineering Platform From MaxCyte The firm will use MaxCyte's cell transfection platform to edit hematopoietic stem cells with CRISPR/Cas9 in hemoglobinopathy and SCID. CRISPR Editing of Hemoglobin Gene Shows Utility of Ribonucleoproteins in Hematopoetic Stem Cells Utah's Dana Carroll, UC Berkeley's Jacob Corn, and their colleagues replaced the sickle cell disease mutation with the wild-type gene via HDR. PerkinElmer to Distribute Sebia Newborn Screening System NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – PerkinElmer has signed an agreement to serve as the exclusive global distributor for Sebia's Capillarys 2 Neonat Fast system for labs conducting newborn screening. Bruker, GBC Proteomics Centre Protein Assay Deal Points to New Clinical Markets for MALDI Biotyper Premium Bruker and the University of Victoria-Genome British Columbia Proteomics Centre said this week that they are collaborating on high-throughput iMALDI mass spec-based assays for determining genetic hemoglobin variants and diabetes risk. Feb 16, 2012 Alnylam Provides Timelines for Drug Programs, Offers No Formal Guidance on Partnerships Premium Jan 12, 2012 Alnylam Focuses on Two Lead Programs, Won't Advance Others without Partners Premium Breaking News Children With Autism May Have Underdeveloped Gut Microbiomes, Metagenomic Analysis Finds Kiromic BioPharma Acquires InSilico Solutions Bio-Rad Laboratories, 10x Genomics Settle IP Lawsuits, Sign Global Cross-Licensing Agreement Scope Fluidics Obtains CE Mark for PCR-Based SARS-CoV-2 Panel MeMed COVID-19 Prognostic Test Receives CE Mark ERS Genomics Licenses CRISPR IP to Japan SLC The Scan Dropped Charges The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal. More Kids The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children. PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more. Purnell Choppin Dies Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.