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BillionToOne Unity Prenatal Screen

BillionToOne has commercially launched its Unity prenatal screening assay. According to BillionToOne, the assay is powered by its molecular counting technology and is the only prenatal screen that tests cell-free fetal DNA for cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, and sickle cell disease using only one tube of the mother's blood. The firm said it will make the test available at select clinics through its early access program, with plans for a broader commercial launch later this year. 

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.