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A post at MassGenomics summarizes a lecture that the Mayo Clinic's David Smith gave on how the institution is using next-gen sequencing in clinical application. For the most part, Mayo is using it for rare variant detection in tumors, detecting mutations in mitochondrial DNA, and transcriptional profiling.

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