NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment bank Piper Jaffray today downgraded Sequenom's shares, citing increasing competition, as well as pricing pressures and legal concerns.

Separately, after the close of the market on Thursday, Sequenom said that its subsidiary, Sequenom Laboratories, has signed a national agreement with an unnamed "leading benefits provider" to provide coverage for the MaterniT21 Plus fetal aneuploidy test.

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