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Whole-genome sequencing is still very expensive, but it is being used to make a difference in the lives of patients with rare diseases, says Richard Knox at the NPR Shots blog. Clinicians were able to treat Alexis and Noah Beery — 14-year-old twins afflicted with a rare disease called dopa-responsive dystonia — with a simple and effective therapy for their disease after they underwent whole-genome sequencing.

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