NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Columbia University Medical Center's Laboratory of Personalized Genomic Medicine has received final approval from the New York State Department of Health for its diagnostic whole-exome sequencing test for inherited disorders after submitting its application a year and a half ago.

Demand for the exome test, as well as for a targeted diagnostic sequencing test called the Columbia Combined Genetic Panel, has grown over the past year as clinicians from different specialties are getting more familiar with the new options, according to lab representatives.

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