By Vivien Marx

A clinical genomics networking system under development at the Harvard Medical School-Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine passed a key milestone last week when it was used to electronically transmit the results of a patient's genetic test from a lab in Boston to a health center in Utah.

The system, called VariantWire, is envisioned as a networking hub that will allow labs to securely transfer genetic test results and integrate that data with electronic health records.

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