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Several analysts said that the decision by UHC, the largest private payor in the US, will especially benefit Natera.
A preliminary analysis lends some support to covering NIPS for pregnancies beyond high-risk, and some payors have expanded coverage.
The company also said that it has acquired Beijing-based food safety testing firm Meizheng Group. The deal is expected to expand PerkinElmer's food safety capabilities.
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.
A survey of more than 2,400 pregnant women found that their views on testing largely fell into four clusters, shaped by their thoughts on risk, ambiguity, and more.
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.
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.
By early 2020, the UK company plans to develop a version of its Iona test that uses Illumina's sequencing technology.
A randomized clinical trial from France revealed similar miscarriage rates in women who had cell-free DNA screening for trisomy 21 prior to invasive testing.
New analyses indicate the P.1 variant found in Brazil may be able to infect people who have already had COVID-19, the New York Times reports.
According to CNBC, Novavax's CEO says its vaccine could be authorized in the US as early as May.
The US National Institutes of Health has a new initiative to address structural racism in biomedical research.
In PNAS this week: GWAS of TLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis, analysis of twins with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and more.