By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Aria Diagnostics said today that it has raised $52.7 million in Series C funding that it will use to commercialize a prenatal test to detect fetal aneuploidies such as trisomy 21.

New investors include Meritech Capital Partners and an undisclosed mutual fund group. Existing investors Venrock and Domain Associates also participated in the round.

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