Ambry Genetics has launched the First-Step Exome test, a sequencing-based test that analyzes the exons and flanking intronic regions of 4,400 genes that are known to be associated with human disease and are defined within the Human Gene Mutation Database. Ambry is marketing the test to clinicians who are considering exome testing for disease phenotypes that have many previously defined genes, but for which traditional testing may be cost-prohibitive.

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