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Nevada, Reno: Member Utilizes Non-invasive Prenatal Testing to Reveal Genetic Associations in Chinese Populations

Recently, Dr. Stephen Francis, an assistant professor for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences published an article entitled “Genomic Analyses from Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Reveal Genetic Associations, Patterns of Viral Infections, and Chinese Population History”.  The study utilized non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) from 141,431 Chinese women to analyze whole-genome sequences and evaluate new phenotype-genotype associations within the genome.  In this article, Dr. Francis and co-authors expose relationships between maternal age and EMB and twin pregnancy and NRG1 and also established a pattern of circulating viral DNA in plasma with high prevalence of clinically relevant maternal infections.

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In addition to this study, Dr. Francis’ research focuses primarily on utilizing epidemiological tools to identify causes of complex disease such as cancer.

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