By Bernadette Toner

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Several research groups under the auspices of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities will work with the US Food and Drug Administration to assess the technical performance of next-generation sequencing platforms for DNA and RNA analysis, ABRF officials said this week at the organization's annual conference.

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