Columbia University's Laboratory of Personalized Genomic Medicine has launched a whole-exome sequencing test for inherited genetic disorders, likely the first such test with conditional approval from the New York State Department of Health.

In addition to offering the exome test and an existing mitochondrial genome sequencing test, the lab is working on other NGS-based diagnostics – among them a 1,000-gene "superpanel," a whole-genome sequencing test, and a cancer panel – all of which it plans to release later this year.

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