NIH prepares for surge in whole-genome sequencing

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The medical community needs a plan for handling the fast-growing knowledge about the health risks identified through whole-genome sequencing, said National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD.

“I’m going to argue that we really need to have a plan about how we will handle that [information] when the preferred test is not this gene, plus that gene, plus the other gene, but is the whole genome,” said Collins, a renowned geneticist who helped lead the Human Genome Project. “We are at an inflection point, and we ought to think very carefully about — not today — but 3 or 4 years from now about how we prepare for what’s going to be extremely exciting.”

Read the full, original story here: NIH Chief: Get Ready for Testing Whole Genome

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