NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – SynapDx today announced a collaboration with the Broad Institute to develop next-generation sequencing analysis methods to improve autism diagnostics.

Specifically, the techniques will be aimed at improving test accuracy and clinical utility, Lexington, Mass.-based SynapDx said. The company is currently conducting large, prospective, multicenter studies to analyze blood from children who are being clinically evaluated for autism spectrum disorder.

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