NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Belgian molecular diagnostics firm Multiplicom today said it has been awarded €200,000 ($250,000) to develop a blood-based non-invasive fetal aneuploidy test.

The grant from the Flemish agency for Innovation by Science and Technology will be used by Multiplicom to develop the test based on its Multiplex Amplification of Specific Targets for Resequencing workflow. The PCR-based test detects copy number variations in chromosomes 21, 18, 13, X and Y in fetal DNA isolated from the mother's blood.

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In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

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Jan
30
Sponsored by
Loop Genomics

This webinar will provide a comparison of several next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches — including short-read 16S, whole-genome sequencing (WGS), and synthetic long-read sequencing technology — for use in microbiome research studies.