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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Gene panels have significant practical and cost advantages over clinical exome sequencing for diagnosing Mendelian diseases, according to researchers from Saudi Arabia.

In a study published online in Genome Biology last month, the team found that 13 gene panels they developed covering about 3,000 Mendelian disease genes yielded a diagnosis in 43 percent of patients, a rate comparable to whole-exome sequencing but at a fraction of the cost and in a shorter timeframe. 

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