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New Products: GeneDx's Dilated Cardiomyopathy Panel; dbSNP Build 137

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GeneDx has expanded its Dilated Cardiomyopathy Panel, for which it uses next-gen sequencing to look at genes associated with inherited forms of DCM. The company recently added 11 new genes to the panel, to assess a total of 38 genes. According to the company, the new additions are expected to increase the panel's detection rate by about 20 percent.


The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released dbSNP Build 137 of the human genome, available via ftp, here. Build 137 includes new submissions from the 1000 Genomes Project phase I release and also from the ClinSeq Sequencing Project.

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