As a first step toward implementing clinical whole-genome sequencing in a neonatal intensive care unit, researchers from Children's Mercy Hospital have published a proof-of-principle study demonstrating that their protocol can diagnose genetic disease in newborns.

Moving forward, the team plans to begin offering the so-called STAT-Seq test, which runs on Illumina's HiSeq 2500, on a research basis from its hospital until it receives CLIA certification.

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