NIPT

The company, which changed its name from Premaitha Health last month, saw a 73 percent increase in testing volumes during the first half of fiscal year 2018.

The companies will bring NIPD Genetics' Veracity and Veragene noninvasive prenatal tests to Medicover's markets, as well as developing new genetic tests.

The company and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island are currently evaluating the technology to determine the performance of the test.

The firm believes its Parsortix cell separation system, so far used for oncology, can extract rare fetal cells from maternal blood to detect genetic disorders.

Natera plans to launch its clinical oncology and transplantation tests next year and is hopeful that guidelines endorsing NIPT for average-risk pregnancies are imminent.

The firm missed the Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom lines, and it lowered its EPS and adjusted EPS guidance for full-year 2018.

In a conference call to discuss Q3 earnings, CEO Francis deSouza discussed NIPT, oncology, population sequencing, and consumer genomics as potential growth drivers.

During the first year of the TRIDENT-2 study, 74,000 women opted for NIPT, which was switched from in-house-developed platforms to Illumina's VeriSeq in May of this year.

The investment bank said it is encouraged by the company's strong pipeline and position among its competitors but sees further upside for its stock.

With NIPT samples from more than 141,000 women in China, investigators retraced population structure, historical migrations, genetic associations, and more.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.