By Monica Heger

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine have developed a sample-prep technique they call bisulfite patch PCR that enables multiplexed sequencing of promoter methylation. In a study published last week in Genome Research, they demonstrated the technique on colorectal and breast cancer samples, analyzing 94 genes from 48 different samples in one run of Roche's 454 GS FLX.

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