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Needles in a haystack: Tracking down the genetic cause of rare diseases.

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A disease is classified as rare by the European Union if it affects less than 5 in 10,000 people of the general population. About 7000 rare diseases have been described to date, of which 80% have a genetic component. Recent advances of sequencing methods enable us to read the genetic code of thousands of individuals more efficiently at a much lower cost. This seminar will focus on the search for genetic variants that underlie rare diseases using whole exome-sequencing, a method that interrogates the protein-coding fraction of an individual’s genome. This biomedical research is deemed to enhance diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of the respective diseases.

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