NIPT

The tubes enable noninvasive collection and preservation of biomarkers, such as circulating or total nucleic acids, and protein and cellular biomarkers.

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A UCLA group and spinout FetoLumina Technologies are working on a clinical assay for noninvasive prenatal diagnostics.  

Noninvasive prenatal testing can uncover pregnancies at risk of miscarriage, New Scientist reports.

In a revised medical policy, Aetna said it would continue to cover NIPT for high-risk pregnancies, but not average-risk ones.

Recently launched tests that screen for single-gene disorders are prompting questions about what is appropriate to screen for prenatally.

Counsyl believes its data is robust, while Natera has called the methodology and conclusions "gratuitously wrong." Both published opposing response letters this week.

Genoma, which is based in Italy, offers a wide range of specialty diagnostics services with an emphasis on noninvasive prenatal testing, as well as oncology tests. 

Indian preventative healthcare provider LifeCell will offer the test under its BabyShield brand.

At last week's ESHG annual meeting, three quality assessment providers discussed best practice guidelines and results from a pilot NIPT quality assessment scheme.

The GenomeWeb Index rose nearly 3 percent in May, vastly outperforming the Dow and Nasdaq Biotechnology Index.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.