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Roche Harmony NIPT 22q11.2 Deletion

Roche has added 22q11.2 deletion testing to the Harmony Prenatal Test menu, allowing laboratories and physicians using the test to screen for 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, which is associated with heart defects, poor immune system function, cleft palate, and delayed development. The 22q11.2 deletion is estimated to occur in one out of every 2,000 to 4,000 live births.

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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.