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Precision medicine is defined by the Precision Medicine Initiative as, "an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person". It allows doctors to prescribe treatment tailored to the individual patient and allows drug developers to create treatments that are more targeted to those individuals.







Next-generation sequencing (NGS), has become a universal tool in diverse industries; most recently moving into the clinic for patient diagnosis. However, if labs wish to analyze patient-derived materials they must first face a hurdles labs to optimize and validate their workflow including determining the exact test limitations.



The high-throughput and increasingly affordable nature of next-generation sequencing (NGS) has led to its expanded use in routine clinical procedures. The relative simplicity of targeted enrichment cancer panels (available from a number of commercial providers) allows routine laboratories to simultaneously analyze the coding (exonic) regions of multiple cancer-related key genes. Combine this with the statistic diagnostic testing now influencing over 70 percent of all health care decisions1, the setting up or transitioning to NGS-based oncology panels for labs has never been more important.


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