Wendell's diagnosis leads to genome sequencing

  • Updated: June 23, 2013 - 8:51 PM

At age 2, Wendell Strand can’t hold up his head or walk or talk -- and his doctors don’t know why. After fruitlessly searching more than a year for a diagnosis for the little boy from Minneapolis, his doctors at the U of M are trying the Hail-Mary pass of medicine: They’re having his entire genome sequenced. A few years ago, only a handful of people in the world had this done; now it’s starting to turn up in specialty clinics, like the Muscular Dystrophy clinic at the U. Wendell’s mom, Katie, is hoping the $9,000 test will shed some light on her son’s medical mystery; but his geneticist says there’s no guarantee. w/ photos of Wendell at home and at therapy.

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