With a pilot study complete, scientists from GATC Biotech subsidiary LifeCodexx have started the clinical validation study of a sequencing-based trisomy 21 test, which it plans to launch by the end of the year.

The company will conduct the clinical validation study on 500 samples in conjunction with several European prenatal centers on the Illumina HiSeq 2000. In a statement, CEO Michael Lutz said the researchers would pool up to seven samples, which would help cut costs by 50 percent.

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