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A diagnosis just in time

DeRisi and collaborators solve medical puzzle in two hours

A mysterious ailment sent an active teenage boy into a medically induced coma, and no one could figure out the cause.

As precious time passed, a team at UC San Francisco employed advanced DNA sequencing technology to find a needle-in-the-haystack answer. What they found led them to a life-saving, and surprisingly simple, treatment.

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About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.