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BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1254

Genetic test standard approved: The World Health Organization has approved the first international standard for a genetic test, that for factor V Leiden, a genetic mutation that limits anticoagulation and increases the risk of blood clots. It could help detect air travellers most at risk of deep vein thrombosis. WHO intends to issue similar standards for other genetic tests in the future. …

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