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Focus and Quest are collaborating with clinical scientists from Scripps Translational Science Institute and Scripps Health to develop the test, which could eventually help clinicians personalize treatment with Plavix based on a patient's CYP2C19 genotype in less than an hour.

In the effort to launch a new genomics certification program for doctors in personalized medicine, Topol recognized that doctors just need to be reminded why they got into medicine in the first place, and the intellectual challenge of genomic medicine itself can reignite that spark, he says.

Sam Levy recently joined the genomic medicine program at Scripps Health as director of genome sciences after seven years at the J. Craig Venter Institute. In Sequence spoke with Levy about his new job and his plans for human genome sequencing studies.

According to Quest, Scripps Health is "the first health system in the US to deploy this genetic testing service for coronary stent patients" receiving Plavix. The testing will initially be available for stent procedure patients presenting to Scripps Green Hospital in San Diego.

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