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Failure to Disclose Conflict of Interest in Article Published in JAMA on Detection of Cancer-Related Genes

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To the Editor I write to take full responsibility for failing to report appropriate conflict of interest disclosures in articles published in JAMA and the JAMA Network journals between 2015 and 2018, including “Mutation Detection in Patients With Advanced Cancer by Universal Sequencing of Cancer-Related Genes in Tumor and Normal DNA vs Guideline-Based Germline Testing,” published in the September 5, 2017, issue of JAMA.¹ In that article, I had reported nothing to disclose. In the interest of full disclosure, I now report the following financial interests and activities that I had been involved in from 2013 to the present, regardless of potential relevance:

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