NIH Director: Plans are needed to handle whole-genome sequencing

10/31/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Whole-genome testing will soon be the norm for diagnosing disease, and the medical community must devise a system for understanding and handling the results, NIH Director Francis Collins said. "If we try to focus too much of our efforts to fix things with intermediate technologies that are here today, then gone in three years, then we won't be able to be fully prepared for a more stable long-term situation," Collins said. The NIH is building a central repository to which providers can submit genetic test information, but utilization lags, Collins said.

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