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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Illumina and the Children's Hospital of Fudan University in China plan to launch a study of whole-genome sequencing in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit to determine whether it can be used as a diagnostic for critically ill infants, Illumina said this week.

According to Illumina, the researchers plan to enroll 200 patients and compare the diagnostic rate of rapid WGS with genetic diagnostic methods such as microarray analysis and gene panel sequencing.

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