trisomy 21 in Disease Areas

By early 2020, the UK company plans to develop a version of its Iona test that uses Illumina's sequencing technology.

A randomized clinical trial from France revealed similar miscarriage rates in women who had cell-free DNA screening for trisomy 21 prior to invasive testing.

The partners will test PerkinElmer's Vanadis NIPT platform on samples from 2,650 women to determine detection and false positive rates.

The report states that using NIPD for trisomy 21 in high-risk women could "probably reduce" the total number of invasive tests though the data is incomplete.

The company plans to launch the system this summer in Europe, aiming to broaden cell-free DNA screening for trisomy 21, 18, and 13.

The suit alleges that Natera's Panorama test infringes US Patent No. 9,493,831 patent, which covers sequencing library preparation methods applied to maternal blood samples.

The company is now seeking commercial partners in Brazil to make the Iona test available in the country.

Adam Wolfberg argued that while corporate conflicts are widely discussed, physicians also have financial conflicts that can bias them against new technology.

Limited Access

Poor women have limited access to noninvasive prenatal screening tools, a post at Health Affairs' blog says.

The China Food and Drug Administration had also previously accredited both the NIFTY test and the BGISEQ sequencing platform.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.