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A team led by investigators at the Chinese University of Hong Kong takes a look at the extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA) fragments found in blood plasma samples from pregnant women. Using a targeted sequencing strategy that included restriction enzyme of Tn5 transposase enzyme steps to remove background DNA, the researchers assessed eccDNAs in maternal blood plasma from five women in their third trimester of pregnancy.

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