NIPS

The report states that using NIPD for trisomy 21 in high-risk women could "probably reduce" the total number of invasive tests though the data is incomplete.

The company plans to launch the system this summer in Europe, aiming to broaden cell-free DNA screening for trisomy 21, 18, and 13.

Noninvasive prenatal screening for trisomies and sub-chromosomal alterations uncovered a fragile site expansion and related deletion present in mothers but not fetuses.

Although other groups have been developing noninvasive prenatal testing using digital PCR, BioCore claims to be the first to offer a test commercially.

Adam Wolfberg argued that while corporate conflicts are widely discussed, physicians also have financial conflicts that can bias them against new technology.

Limited Access

Poor women have limited access to noninvasive prenatal screening tools, a post at Health Affairs' blog says.

The China Food and Drug Administration had also previously accredited both the NIFTY test and the BGISEQ sequencing platform.

Increased consumer interest in prenatal health is also spurring use of carrier screening for genetic conditions.

In a study involving almost 23,000 women, DNA reflex testing detect 95 percent of trisomies while avoiding recalls. 

Several commercial NIPT providers in the US said they are planning to participate in the new program.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.