Asuragen has been awarded a one-year, $346,000 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to develop a high-throughput version of its PCR-based fragile X syndrome test for use in newborn population screening, according to a recently published grant abstract.

Under the grant, which began in late September, Asuragen plans to modify its test to enable direct amplification from the type of blood spot cards routinely used to collect blood samples from newborns to test for various disorders.

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