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Sema4 NIPT and Expanded Carrier Screening Tests

Sema4 has launched a noninvasive prenatal test and an expanded carrier screening test, which it developed using its Sema4 Health Intelligence Platform. The NIPT is available in three options: a standard panel that tests for trisomies 21, 18, and 13; a standard plus panel that also includes trisomies 15, 16, and 22, as well as sex chromosome aneuploidies; and an expanded panel that includes all of the above plus some microdeletions.

The expanded carrier screen can test more than 280 genes, including 101 genes associated with Jewish founder mutations. Patients also have the option of analyzing a smaller subset of genes.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.