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The Utah Foundation for Biomedical Research's Gholson Lyon was busy in 2009, trying to identify the genetic causes behind a rare disease affecting baby boys in a family in Ogden, Utah. But, as he says in a Nature commentary, this week, he was hesitant to tell the family what he found because the research he did didn't follow the protocols required for validated clinical testing, and he wasn't sure the individual results were accurate.

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