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Invitae Carrier Screen

Invitae has launched several genetic carrier screening products. The Invitae Comprehensive Carrier Screen uses next-generation sequencing to analyze 287 genes linked to serious genetic disorders and identifies more than 99 percent of disease-causing changes in most of the genes analyzed. In addition, the company offers a 46-gene test, called Invitae Broad Pan-Ethnic Carrier Screen, that assesses a smaller set of common disorders, and a test called Invitae Pan-Ethnic Carrier Screen that analyzes three genes associated with cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, and fragile X syndrome. Both of the smaller panels can be supplemented with a customized set of genes from the large panel and with 13 genes not included in any pre-curated panel. The Invitae Carrier Screen replaces the GeneVu carrier screen from Good Start Genetics, which Invitae acquired last year.

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Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.