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Comment & Response
January 17, 2017

Postmortem Genetic Testing for Sudden Unexpected Death

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Human Genetics, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin

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JAMA. 2017;317(3):320-321. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19271

To the Editor The various pathologies comprising sudden unexpected death are of considerable clinical priority, the etiologies of which may be amenable to interrogation by sequencing approaches. As pointed out by Dr Torkamani and colleagues,1 identifying causal genetic variants by postmortem genetic testing affects family members and may suggest treatments for similar carriers. Clinical genetic testing using next-generation sequencing technologies has spurred advances in the molecular diagnosis of numerous rare diseases.

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