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At the Beyond the Genome conference in Washington, DC, this week, researchers discussed the various ways they use next-generation sequencing techniques, particularly exome sequencing, to discover, among other things, gene variants that may be associated with, or cause, disease. Joris Veltman from the Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences in the Netherlands discussed a de novo approach to find mutations associated with mental retardation and intellectual disabilities.

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