Genomics Enters The Neonatal ICU
This article was originally published in Start Up
Tumor profiling is on the upswing, but prenatal genomic screening remains the largest translational application of whole genome sequencing. And now, the use of whole genome sequencing is spreading into the neonatal arena.
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