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The company's goal is to serve what it sees as a massive but underaddressed target group: Asian women.
The company published a quality assurance study for the Panorama test last month and is wrapping up the SMART study, which has enrolled 20,000 women.
The new method may be useful in future noninvasive prenatal tests that rely on the analysis of DNA from fetal cells instead of cell-free fetal DNA.
The new company, called Inex Innovate, aims by next year to introduce new tests for ovarian cancer and breast cancer in Asian women.
Illumina plans to upgrade all its NIPT customers to version 2 of its VeriSeq solution over the next year.
The company beat analyst estimates on the top and bottom line, driven by sales of its Panorama noninvasive prenatal and Horizon carrier screening tests.
The Cyprus-based company has been offering a cell-free DNA-based noninvasive prenatal test for fetal aneuploidies, called Veracity, since 2015.
During a conference call to discuss the firm's second-quarter results, CEO and President Francis deSouza also highlighted potential growth from clinical sequencing.
The company's diagnostics segment's revenues were up 6 percent, while its discovery and analytical solutions segment's revenues grew less than 1 percent.
The company's cofounders have developed methods for analyzing genetic material from fetal trophoblast cells isolated from the cervix.
NPR reports that researchers have developed chimeric embryos as part of work toward growing human organs in animals for organ transplants.
According to the Washington Post, the Biden Administration is set to make changes to federal restrictions on fetal tissue research.
In Science this week: approach to isolated trace DNA from archaic humans from sediments, and more.
Texas Monthly looks into the DNA Zoo being collected by Baylor College of Medicine researchers.