The Mayo Medical Laboratories will now offer Sequenom's MaterniT21 Plus test to patients at high risk for fetal chromosome abnormalities. The test uses next-generation sequencing to noninvasively screen for fetal aneuploidies in chromosomes 21, 18, and 13, as well as the X and Y chromosomes. It also reports some subchromosomal microdeletions and microduplications.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.