NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers at Sequenom have demonstrated that whole-genome bisulfite sequencing can help distinguish between placental and maternal circulating cell-free DNA.

Reporting in Genome Biology last week, the team performed whole-genome bisulfite sequencing on eight pregnant women and seven non-pregnant women, as well as on seven genomic samples isolated from maternal buffy coat and five placenta samples.

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