NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Korean startup 3billion is getting ready to offer a direct-to-consumer genomic rare disease screening test to patients in the US who are looking for a molecular diagnosis and haven't been able to obtain one otherwise.

The company, a spinoff from Korean genomic services provider Macrogen, said last week that it has begun testing its service in a closed beta program involving 100 patients who will receive exome sequencing and annotations of variants linked to more than 4,000 rare diseases.

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