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Congenica will use the proceeds to establish its presence in the US and China, where it will court not only clinical genetics labs, but specialists, academics, biotech, and pharma.

The company will use the proceeds from the round to invest in sales and marketing efforts for its Sapientia clinical genome analysis platform, as well as for R&D.

Stats on NIPT

A UK statistician tells the Guardian that non-invasive prenatal screening for trisomies won't increase the number of terminations.

By offering NIPT as a secondary screening test, the UK hopes to reduce the number of invasive diagnostic tests and associated miscarriages.

The contract was awarded by the UK's NHS Blood and Transplant, which is responsible for promoting and overseeing organ and blood donation.

St. George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which has been offering NIPT since last year, plans to double its capacity by the third quarter.

The recommendation calls for NIPT to be initially offered to women deemed at high risk for trisomy 21, 13, or 18 after the initial screening test.

Better Understanding

Motherboard looks into the UK's 100,000 Genomes Project.

The innovation hub will be fully operational by end of 2016 or in early 2017 and will be headquartered in the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Under the three-year project award, Premaitha and St George's plan to establish a UK Centre of Excellence for Prenatal Screening.

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CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.