In a first for next-generation sequencing, late last month, the US Food and Drug Administration cleared Illumina's MiSeqDx system along with three assays — two cystic fibrosis assays and a Universal Kit that includes the reagents for clinical labs to develop their own assays.

The two cystic fibrosis assays consist of a screening assay that includes 139 known pathogenic variants and a diagnostic assay that covers all the exons and intron/exon boundaries of the CFTR gene.

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