NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – a newly formed foundation said this week that it is working with researchers at the National Center for Genome Resources on a multiplex test for rare genetic diseases.

The Beyond Batten Disease Research Foundation, which was recently founded in Texas and is supporting research efforts into finding a cure for the rare childhood disease, said that it expects an initial screening test for around 75 diseases to be ready in the fall of this year. The foundation did not say what technologies will be employed in developing the test.

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