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"Genetic sequencing is faster and cheaper than ever. But are the latest techniques more reliable than traditional ones? Scientists at the Dasman Diabetes Institute and Kuwait University are investigating that question for one of the trickiest genetic diseases to diagnose: autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. ADPKD is an inherited disease in which clusters of fluid-filled cysts accumulate in both kidneys, leading to increased kidney volume, impaired kidney functions, and, ultimately, kidney failure. In fact, ADPKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, affecting one in every 800 to 1000 people worldwide. People with ADPKD may also develop cysts in the liver and other complications. The cause: mutations in genes PKD1 and PKD2. Genetic diagnosis allows doctors to detect the disease before symptoms even arise. The gold standard for doing so is Sanger sequencing. This technique sequences one DNA fragment at a time to detect mutations in the genome..."
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