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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Members of the benchmarking team of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health have developed methods for producing standardized performance metrics for benchmarking small germline variant calls.

The GA4GH Benchmarking team brings together participants from research institutes, technology companies, government agencies, and clinical laboratories. It includes researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Illumina, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, DNAnexus, and others.

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