By Monica Heger

This article was originally published Dec. 7.

Sequencing service providers Ambry Genetics and ImaGenes last week announced partnerships with bioinformatics firms SoftGenetics and CLC Bio, respectively. The announcements could mark the beginning of a trend: As sequencing data becomes more complex and available from a variety of platforms, analyzing it becomes trickier, and often neither the sequencing service provider nor their client has the technical expertise to analyze that data.

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