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Massive biobank yields first results with more to come, organizers say

MONTREAL — In a conference room here at the International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG), Kyle Lapham loads an app on his iPhone and a four-way split screen of various pieces of lab equipment pops up on the display. “This is a live view of my robot right now in San Francisco,” he says. Lapham, a lab automation specialist at the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF), has the ability to constantly monitor his robot so he can conduct experiments around the clock. And, with this setup, he has managed to run the largest analysis of telomeric DNA to date in 


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