NIPT

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

The company says Panorama is the only NIPT that can tell whether twins are identical or fraternal, which can impact the clinical management of a pregnancy.

The multiplexed PCR kit will target mutations associated with cystic fibrosis that are highly prevalent in the US, and the firm is also eyeing the Middle East and Africa.

Ampath will be one of the first laboratories in South Africa to offer a CE-IVD accredited noninvasive prenatal testing center and will act as a hub for such services.

Until March 2018, when the patent in question expires, Cenata will have its Harmony test performed by Medirex in Slovakia.

Illumina has filed a new lawsuit against Premaitha, claiming it infringes on an Illumina patent related to noninvasive prenatal testing.

Reporting on aneuploidies across all chromosomes could improve the accuracy of some NIPTs and provide information about miscarriage risk and other complications.

Iceland has nearly eliminated Down syndrome from its population, CBS News reports.

Natera has entered the oncology space with a ctDNA assay and sees its blood banking service as a way to eventually tap into the consumer genomics space. 

Natera ran 17 percent more tests in Q2 than it did in the prior-year period, generating $53.6 million in total revenues.

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The New York Times reports that as China invests in science, it also is dealing with research fraud.

In PLOS this week: transcriptome study of a cold-tolerant plant, deep sequencing of clinical influenza A samples, and more.

The Atlantic writes that retrotransposons like BovB have proliferated in a number of genomes.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.