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Yourgene Iona Nx Noninvasive Prenatal Test

Yourgene this week launched the Iona Nx Noninvasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) after having applied CE marking in June. Iona Nx is designed to run on Illumina's NextSeq 550 Dx next-generation sequencing platform, and uses the Yourgene SP150 and Yourgene QS250 instruments to combine DNA extraction, sample preparation, and enrichment ahead of the sequencing step. The QS250 is powered by Ranger technology from Coastal Genomics, which Yourgene acquired recently acquired, and features a step that enriches fetal fraction two-fold, reducing the amount of sequencing necessary and decreasing cost. The assay has greater than 99.99 percent accuracy, according to the company, and features whole-genome analysis including for trisomy 21, 18, and 13; sex chromosomal aneuploidies; other autosomal aneuploidies; and optional fetal sex determination. It will also feature microdeletion analysis in the future, the company said.

Yourgene will initially transition existing customers to the new assay in the UK and France, followed by other European territories. 

The Scan

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.