NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Using sequencing to profile circulating RNA in maternal blood shows promise as a tool for monitoring pregnancy and fetal development, according to a study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by Stephen Quake and colleagues at Stanford University.

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