Researchers from Illumina, the University Medical Center Utrecht, and elsewhere describe a computational approach for detecting short tandem repeat expansions from short read genome sequence data generated without PCR amplification. The team applied its algorithm, known as ExpansionHunter, to genome sequence data for almost 2,800 control individuals and 3,001 individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — one of the conditions that can arise from rampant short tandem repeat expansion.

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