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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Vanderbilt University Medical Center today announced a collaboration with BioReference Laboratories for tumor profiling in cancer care.

Under the terms of the multiyear agreement, the partners will develop a next-generation sequencing panel for tumors and hematologic malignancies, aiming to make it available in 2016 for use in clinical oncology. The panel is expected to comprise more than 300 genes and will target SNPs, insertions and deletions, CNVs, and gene fusions in regions of the genome that are druggable.

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