In November, after Halloween’s phantoms have shed their masks, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville begins its quest to unmask even more fearsome and elusive real life villains—unknown genetically-based diseases destroying the lives and health of human patients.

Headed by David Bick, MD, it will be the nation’s first clinic devoted to using whole genome sequencing to identify genetic clues that can help put a name to unknown and hard-to-diagnose diseases.