Collaborative science in the next-generation sequencing era: a viewpoint on how to combine exome sequencing data across sites to identify novel disease susceptibility genes

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The purpose of this article is to inform readers about technical challenges that we encountered when assembling exome sequencing data from the ‘Simplifying Complex Exomes' (SIMPLEXO) consortium—whose mandate is the discovery of novel genes predisposing to breast and ovarian cancers. Our motivation is to share these obstacles—and our solutions to them—as a means of communicating important technical details that should be discussed early in projects involving massively parallel sequencing.

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