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Juno Diagnostics: Juno Hazel Plus

JunoDx launched the Juno Hazel Plus non-invasive prenatal screening assay, along with an early access program. The lab-developed test screens for common chromosomal trisomies, sex chromosome aneuploidies, and fetal sex without the need for phlebotomy via JunoDx's proprietary fingerprick-based Sample Collection Kit. Juno Hazel Plus expands aneuploidy risk assessment beyond that offered by Juno Hazel. This includes screening for sex chromosome aneuploidies such as monosomy X (Turner syndrome), XXY syndrome (Klinefelter syndrome), triple X syndrome, and XYY syndrome (Jacobs syndrome), in addition to common aneuploidy screening and fetal sex testing. The early access program is meant to provide physicians, genetic counselors, and other providers with exclusive access to the company's suite of products and services in advance of public launch. 

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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.