This story was originally published Oct. 8.

Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center's Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy have begun a two-tiered sequencing protocol for cancer patients in order to guide treatment and identify eligible clinical trials.

Patient samples are initially sequenced in a CLIA-certified setting on the Ion Torrent PGM, Funda Meric-Bernstam, the medical director of MD Anderson's Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy, explained at BGI's International Conference of Genomics meeting in Philadelphia this month.

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