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DNA Diagnostics Center Peekaboo Click Test

DNA Diagnostics Center (DCC), a member of the Eurofins network of companies, has launched Peekaboo Click, a prenatal blood test to determine the sex of a fetus. The new test uses an at-home collection device to obtain capillary blood from a pregnant woman's arm as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Customers send the sample to DDC's laboratory, where it is analyzed using PCR technology to detect the presence of Y chromosomal DNA in cell-free fetal DNA isolated from the sample.

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Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.