NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Genetic testing for inherited retinal diseases is often not covered routinely by health insurance, yet a molecular diagnosis is required for enrollment in a number of clinical trials for new gene- or mutation-specific treatments. To assess the benefit of genetic testing data and to enable more patients to take advantage of it, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has been conducting a pilot research program, providing gene panel testing to 100 members of its My Retina Tracker patient registry free of charge.

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