GATC Biotech subsidiary LifeCodexx has launched PraenaTest, a noninvasive, sequencing-based test to detect fetal trisomy 21. The CE-marked test is available in 70 prenatal clinics and hospitals in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. LifeCodexx licensed the rights to the sequencing-based detection method from Sequenom.

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