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Bertalan Meskó blogs that "the ClinSeq project is really promising." This project is looking into the role that whole-genome sequencing can play in the clinic. The initial phase will enroll about 1,000 people who will give a family and personal medical history and will have about 300 to 400 genes related to atherosclerosis sequenced using a Sanger-based method.

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