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Genetics and Molecular Biology

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COELHO, Janice Carneiro  and  GIUGLIANI, Roberto. Fibroblasts of skin fragments as a tool for the investigation of genetic diseases: technical recommendations. Genet. Mol. Biol. [online]. 2000, vol.23, n.2, pp.269-271. ISSN 1415-4757.

Skin biopsies are frequently indicated for investigation and/or confirmation of genetic disorders. Although relatively simple and noninvasive, these procedures require care in order to increase probability of success and to avoid patient discomfort and unnecessary repeated analyses and associated laboratory fees. The present report highlights the importance of skin biopsies in genetic disorder diagnosis and presents general rules for collecting, storing, transporting and processing samples. We recommend its reading to professionals intending to use this important and sometimes fundamental diagnostic tool.

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