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Old 01-30-2018, 08:57 AM   #4
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RNAlater only stabilizes RNA, so it does not degrade during transport/storage before the sample can be processed. There are many other things that need to happen before you get to sequencing. Applications that @kmkarr was referring to are for used only for "research" purposes. I am not sure if anything like this has been approved for diagnostic use and certainly not for use in a doctor's office setting.

While in theory sequencing can be done (on DNA for sure) reasonably immediately you are not likely to be able to stick around and discuss those results with your doctor for a number of years.
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