prenatal testing

Counsyl Raises $80M

The new funding comes from life sciences investment firm Perceptive Advisors. Home Care Assistance CEO Lily Sarafan has also joined Counsyl's board. 

Several commercial NIPT providers in the US said they are planning to participate in the new program.

Iceland has nearly eliminated Down syndrome from its population, CBS News reports.

Priced Out?

Gizmodo writes that, in the future, genetic diseases could become diseases of poverty if access to genetic screening and other services are too expensive.

At a conference last week, researchers from Italy presented results from 73 women who had mosaic embryos transferred.

Premaitha will issue Thermo Fisher warrants over 28,938,797 new ordinary shares and a second tranche of warrants in 2018. 

According to John Zhang, founder and CEO of the New Hope Fertility Center, universal PGS will likely increase success rates of IVF further.

Genoma, which is based in Italy, offers a wide range of specialty diagnostics services with an emphasis on noninvasive prenatal testing, as well as oncology tests. 

At last week's ESHG annual meeting, three quality assessment providers discussed best practice guidelines and results from a pilot NIPT quality assessment scheme.

Since April 1, noninvasive prenatal testing, provided by three university genetic centers, is available to all pregnant women in the Netherlands for €175 as part of the TRIDENT-2 study.

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Fotis Kafatos, the founding president of the European Research Council, has died, according to the Associated Press.

The New York Times profiles 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki and describes how she bounced back from a bad year.

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of honeybee disease, microRNA profiles of people with lupus nephritis, and more.

The Verge's Angela Chen tried out a gene test for fitness advice, but didn't learn much new information.