Volume 91 Issue 28 | pp. 10-13
Issue Date: July 15, 2013

Cover Stories

Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Finds Use As A Diagnostic

Advanced gene-sequencing techniques are seeing greater diagnostic use, but standardization, regulation, and ethical issues remain
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: DNA sequencing, diagnostics

About six months ago, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) surveyed the labs that it accredits to perform diagnostic tests. The organization asked how many labs were already offering genetic tests using “next-generation” DNA-sequencing technology and how many planned to start offering them soon. Such tests can guide the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer, some forms of heart disease, and rare genetic diseases.

Out of the 176 labs . . .

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