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Sequenom reveals prenatal Down syndrome test data are "questionable" [Genetic Future]

For those who have been too distracted by swine flu to notice: shares of the biotech company Sequenom have plummeted by 77% after the company announced that the extremely promising initial results for its SEQureDx Down syndrome test - which is designed to detect Down syndrome fetuses using blood samples from pregnant women - were "questionable" and had been mishandled by employees.

GenomeWeb Daily News reports:

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