NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PerkinElmer has won a contract with the Minnesota Department of Health to perform mass spectrometry-based newborn screening.

Under the terms of the contract, PerkinElmer will conduct tandem mass spec testing for 42 of 56 conditions screened for in newborns in the state, a spokesman for the health department told GenomeWeb Daily News. Minnesota had previously contracted with the Mayo Clinic for the services.

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