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Invitae is interested in companies that can contribute positively to its revenues in the next two to three quarters, according to CEO Sean George. 

The acquisitions will enable Invitae to add reproductive health genetic testing to its portfolio and become what it calls a "comprehensive genomic information company." 

The firm reported $3.5 million in revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2016, and $12.9 million for the full year.

CombiMatrix said the move will increase access to the test in the state for women experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss.

The company's testing was successful in more than 90 percent of cases over almost four years, and detected a wide variety of abnormalities.

Ambry's new lab provides a streamlined, automated workflow that has allowed the company to triple its daily testing volume since it opened more than four months ago. 

The company reported an 18 percent increase in the number of reproductive health tests completed during the quarter. 

Low-coverage, whole-genome sequencing had a diagnostic yield of up to 53 percent in prenatal and postnatal samples referred for chromosomal analyses.

Researchers found that array-based testing and exome sequencing contributed uniquely to ASD diagnosis, and that the diagnostic yield of testing was higher in complex autism cases.

Chromsomal array testing had a higher diagnostic yield in the study than standard procedures, and could have value as a first step before referring patients to further tests.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.