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Researchers in the UK have developed a targeted sequencing approach to detect mutations in circulating tumor DNA that they believe could eventually be developed as a clinical assay for early cancer diagnosis or to monitor disease progression and treatment response.

Their strategy, tagged-amplicon deep sequencing, or TAm-Seq, is a two-step amplification process that combines the Fluidigm Access Array with Illumina sequencing.

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