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Invitae NIPS

Invitae has added non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) to its offerings and integrated it as part of the firm's carrier screening test. The NIPS test analyzes cell-free DNA to assess whether a pregnancy is at heightened risk for three common chromosomal disorders, including trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) and trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome). There is no additional charge for adding microdeletion and sex chromosome analysis. The carrier screen sequences 301 genes linked to serious genetic disorders, and now the same specimen collection kit will also enable NIPS. Invitae will begin accepting NIPS test orders next week.

The Scan

J&J Booster Support

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted to support a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

To Keep the Cases Moving

The president of the UK Royal College of Pathologists tells the Financial Times that more investment is needed to tackle a backlog of cases.

NAS Expels Archaeologist

Science reports Luis Jaime Castillo Butters' expulsion is the first of an international member from the US National Academy of Sciences.

PLOS Papers on Angelman Syndrome-Like Cases, Salmonella Paratyphi A, SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil

In PLOS this week: exome sequencing analysis of Angelman syndrome-like cases, genetic epidemiology of Salmonella Paratyphi A, and more.