What Are The Benefits Of Whole Genome Sequencing?
Knowledge is power in a new era of medicine.
Whole genome sequencing is ushering in a new era of medicine, offering clinically relevant information about you and your family's health. Today, scientists and health professionals can look at variations in your genes to see if you are at risk for a disease or a genetic disorder - even before symptoms appear.
Other DNA tests provide recreational insights into less than 1% of the human genome – a mere tip of the iceberg of what makes you... you.
What can be learned from the whole genome sequencing test?
You have over 22,000 genes...nearly 6,000 of which are associated with inherited diseases.
When looking at a whole genome sequence, health professionals consider a number of variables to determine your risk of disease or the best course of treatment for a disease. Some include:
• Mutations in single genes which can cause single-gene disorders, like muscular dystrophy.
• DNA changes in multiple genes which can work in tandem to create a disease. An example of one of these multi-factorial disorders is diabetes.
• Pharmacogenomic profile which uses a person's genetic map to figure out how a person will respond to a medication or certain treatment.
Armed with the findings from whole genome sequencing, you and your physician now have the ability to make smarter health-related decisions and prepare your family for the best healthcare.
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What will you learn from Whole Genome Sequencing?
By sequencing your whole genome, we are able to take a comprehensive look at your DNA for pathogenic variants, known as mutations, as well as determine predisposition to certain diseases. For example, you may learn you have a genetic disease risk to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Heart Disorders, Breast & Colon Cancer, or to any other diseases. By understanding the conditions for which you may be at risk, you and your physician can take steps to improve your health with early intervention and a personalized approach to treatment.
Pharmacogenetic variants are changes in the DNA that do not cause a disease but may be related to how your body processes certain medications, such as anticoagulants. For example, you may learn how well you or your child may respond to drugs, such as Warfarin, which is commonly used for prevention of heart attacks and stroke or Citalopram, which is commonly used to treat depression. These variants may not seem important now if you are not currently taking the drugs but may prove to be very important down the road should the drug be prescribed.
[Video] Whole Genome Sequencing 101
Learn how sequencing works
In this short video, Alice K. Tanner PhD, MS, CGC, FACMG discusses: what the genome is, what makes whole genome sequencing stand apart from other tests, and the benefits of whole genome sequencing.