Expert Highlights the Clinical Utility of RNA Sequencing Methods in Cancer

November 9, 2019

Kevin Halling, MD, PhD, discussed the clinical utility of RNA-sequencing methods in patients with cancer at the 2019 Association for Molecular Pathology Annual Meeting and Expo. Halling says RNA sequencing is a very powerful diagnostic technique.

Kevin Halling, MD, PhD, a consultant in the Division of Laboratory Genetics and Genomics and Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic, discussed the clinical utility of RNA-sequencing methods in patients with cancer at the 2019 Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) Annual Meeting and Expo. Halling says RNA sequencing is a very powerful diagnostic technique.

According to Halling, these methods can be used to detect not only gene fusions in patients with cancer, but RNA sequencing can also detect point mutations and small indels. Additionally, pathologists can use RNA sequencing techniques to measure gene expression in the patient’s tumors.