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The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking volunteers to participate in the Sequencing Quality Control project with the aim of providing objective assessments of DNA and RNA analysis technologies and the software designed to manage and analyze the "massive new data sets" that next-generation tools create. Volunteers could include vendors of next-gen sequencing tools and institutions interested in generating, managing, analyzing, and interpreting data.

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