Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have described a new approach for non-invasive prenatal trisomy diagnosis that the group argues is simpler and more efficient than other sequencing-based aneuploidy detection methods.

The team published a paper in PLoS One last month discussing the approach — a sample preparation and sequencing method dubbed Fast Aneuploidy Screening Test-Sequencing System, or FAST-SeqS.

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