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Gene By Gene to Support MD Anderson Genomics Education Program

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Houston-based genomics and genetics testing firm Gene By Gene has inked an agreement with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to become one if its affiliated clinical labs, the company said today.

Gene By Gene said that, under the agreement, scientists at its Genomic Research Center will provide clinical phase instruction, training, and supervision for MD Anderson's Molecular Genetic Technology Program, which is one of the undergraduate education programs at the MD Anderson School of Health Professions.

The MD Anderson program is a three-semester course that integrates lectures, lab demonstrations, and technical experience to prepare students for national certification as a molecular genetic technologist.

The program includes courses in medical genetics; clinical applications of molecular biology; molecular diagnosis of genetic disorders and hematological malignancies; advanced molecular diagnostics techniques; independent study special topics, and others.

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