NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – On the heels of a newly created pediatric genomics center, Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego is embarking on a project to sequence children with birth defects with unknown causes. 

The effort, set to start later this year, is anticipated to last four years and aims to sequence about 200 children and their parents each year of the project, Christina Chambers, lead researcher on the project and a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, told GenomeWeb this week. 

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