As CSO of Woburn, Mass.-based genetic testing firm Courtagen, Kevin McKernan recently co-authored a pair of papers with other Courtagen scientists describing novel PCR methods that he hopes will help others to avoid violating gene patents during clinical next-generation sequencing. McKernan.jpg

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