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Under an agreement, Angsana's network of physicians in Hong Kong will be able to order Counsyl's expanded carrier screening test. 

Over the next month the company plans to expand its preconception screening test, which it launched widely earlier this year, by adding about 90 X-linked disorders. 

Last year, GenePeeks raised $16 million in a Series B funding round from 5AM Ventures, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Alexandria Venture Investments, Alta Partners, and others.

The company announced the new product, which covers variants across 600 genes, this week, and said it will be available to customers next month.

Under the agreement, Roche Diagnostics will offer Good Start's GeneVu carrier screening test along with its Harmony NIPT.

Couples can now buy cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy carrier screening tests through Amazon, though a doctor will have to approve the order. 

Participants of the National Society of Genetic Counselors annual education conference highlighted the need for consensus guidelines for screening potential gamete donors. 

Cystic fibrosis carrier status often did not impact family planning decisions and was sometimes perceived as a risk to unaffected family members.

The study adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that expanded carrier screening tests can better identify at-risk couples. 

The test was previously approved to detect and differentiate carbapenemase genes from bacterial isolates, and now has an expanded claim for testing directly from rectal swabs. 

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