NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A new assessment of the clinical utility of exome sequencing suggests that the test can significantly impact clinical management. A study of 78 patients who underwent exome testing at the pediatric neurogenetics clinic of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore showed that all patients and their families with a positive result – about 40 percent – saw changes in the management of their disease.

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