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fragile X syndrome

The assay, which combines triplet repeat-primed PCR with high-throughput automated capillary electrophoresis, is fast enough and sensitive enough to serve as the basis for a first-tier routine population screen for fragile X and associated conditions, according to the researchers.

The method is currently available from Asuragen as a research-use-only PCR kit, but the company is hoping that the publication is an important step toward developing a routine PCR-based diagnostic for the disorder.

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