By Monica Heger

This story was originally published Feb. 6.

Genomic Health said this week that it is launching a wholly owned subsidiary that will focus on integrating genomic sequence data into medical practice for patients with common and rare genetic conditions.

The subsidiary is intended to capitalize on the company's investment in next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics over the last several years and will mark the company's first commercial activity outside the oncology market.

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