NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A pair of exome sequencing studies searching for the genetic basis of two similar pediatric syndromes homed in on an overlapping set of variants affecting the same gene. The two studies, one from a team of Israeli researchers and one from a group at the US National Institutes of Health, appeared in the online early edition of the New England Journal of Medicine yesterday evening.

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