NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Swiss prenatal diagnostics laboratory Genetica is now offering Natera's noninvasive prenatal Panorama test, performing it at its genetics laboratory, Natera said today.

Genetica is using Natera's Constellation software platform, which provides cloud-based access to bioinformatics algorithms Natera developed for clinical genomics applications of circulating cell-free DNA analysis, and which meets rigorous patient privacy standards. Using these algorithms, partner laboratories can develop and validate their own clinical assays.

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