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MGRC Launching Sequencing Services to the Public

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad plans to begin offering genomic sequencing services to the public through healthcare facilities.

Starting at the end of the month, MGRC will provide sequencing and genetic screening services to the public at designated hospitals and primary care centers, enabling physicians to screen and identify a wide range of genetic diseases, pre-dispositions to inherited diseases, and adverse reaction to drugs.

"MGRC's genetic screening services will be adapted to the specific needs of the local population, using genetic markers to test for diseases that are common in Malaysia," Karim Hercus, MGRC's managing director, said in a statement. "Our genetic screening services will be aimed to empower Malaysians to make informed lifestyle and dietary changes that could minimize the risk of the disease occurring or to get advice on the treatments best suited for their genetic make-up and medical history."

The launch of the service marks MGRC's initial foray into Malaysia's growing consumer healthcare industry, it said.

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