NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institutes of Health has awarded a team of researchers led by the Hastings Center a three-year, $1.1 million grant to examine the ethical and practical issues around non-invasive prenatal tests based on next-generation sequencing.

With the funding, the researchers will also collaborate with a working group of clinical experts, social scientists, patient advocates, and philosophers to craft guidelines for the use of such tests.

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