NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BGI has partnered with GENNET, a Prague-based center for genetics, fetal medicine, and assisted reproduction, to offer its non-invasive fetal trisomy test, NIFTY, in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

The NIFTY test uses next-generation sequencing to analyze maternal plasma for fetal aneuploidies including trisomy 21, trisomy 13, and trisomy 18, which cause Down syndrome, Patau syndrome, and Edwards syndrome, respectively.

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