Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RNA sequencing applied as a tool to solve patients' diagnostic mysteries

Study demonstrates the power of RNA sequencing to augment standard diagnostic tools in the clinic

Recent advances in large-scale clinical DNA sequencing have led to genetic diagnoses for many rare disease patients, but the diagnosis rate based on these approaches is still far from perfect. On average, clinicians are unable to provide a genetic diagnosis for over half of patients in the clinic. The lack of a clear genetic diagnosis can lead to profound uncertainty about patients’ long-term prognoses, treatment options, and family planning decisions.

Link to full Broad Institute release on study led by MGH investigator Daniel MacArthur.

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