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"For those of us who study rare diseases, genome sequencing is nothing short of revolutionary," says James Evans, M.D., who directs the Clinical Adult and Cancer Genetics Services at the University of North Carolina and also edits the journal Genetics in Medicine. "But as someone who also practices general medicine, I wouldn't yet call it revolutionary in a real-world sense." Evans thinks all providers should be aware of situations where genome sequencing and related testing would be useful, and identify an appropriate lab to do those tests, even if the volume is fairly low at the moment.

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