In conjunction with Rare Disease Day, Washington University School of Medicine's Genomics and Pathology Services and the Rare Genomics Institute said today that they will award grants for the sequencing of 99 exomes to rare disease advocacy groups.

The goal of the Rare 99X Clinical Exome Challenge is to use exome sequencing to better understand the molecular causes of rare disease. Interested applicants should submit letters of interest by April 2, with more in-depth grant proposals from selected applicants by June 1, and final award decisions made by July 2.

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