By Monica Heger

Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson
were among several pharmaceutical companies to present preliminary results from proof-of-principle sequencing studies at last week's Next Generation Sequencing and Genomic Medicine Applications Summit in Burlingame, Calif.

Researchers from the companies expressed interest in using the technology to aid in drug development, the search for disease biomarkers, and in selecting patients for clinical trials.

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