What is Whole Genome Sequencing?
Know your genes. Make smarter health-related decisions.
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. Sequencing your whole genome allows you and your physician to make smarter health-related decisions by knowing how your genes affect the way your mind and body functions. This may impact not only the approach to your long-term health but also that of your children, as many mutations are inheritable.
Learn about the benefits of whole genome sequencing
Why is Whole Genome Sequencing Important?
You want to be empowered to make the best health decisions for their family.
Knowing your, or your child's unique genetic DNA, can be a powerful tool. Whole genome sequencing can help you and your physician move towards early detection and intervention rather than waiting for symptoms to occur.
Positive test results can help physicians develop a personalized treatment or monitoring plan - moving away from a 'one size fits all approach'. And negative test results can serve as a relief – eliminating uncertainty around possible health conditions.
[Video] A New Era of Medicine
In this video, genomic expert, Madhuri Hegde, Ph.D., FACMG, explains how whole genome sequencing is helping shape the future of medicine and why families should consider it for their family today.
Reasons To Consider Whole Genome Sequencing
Make smarter healthcare decisions
You and your physician will have the information needed to learn about your personal genetic disease risk, response to medications, and carrier status for certain conditions. Together, you and your physician can make smarter decisions.
Early detection and prevention
DNA can be damaged through the aging process which impacts the DNA sequence. Performing whole genome sequencing early on in life can identify many disorders and diseases at a very early stage before an individual is impacted by symptoms.
Lower future healthcare costs
Test results can help your physician take a personalized approach rather than the standard ‘one size fits all’ approach. This rapidly growing field of personalized healthcare is ushering in a new era of better patient outcomes and lower costs by reducing the risks that a patient will react poorly to ineffective medications and treatments.
By understanding the conditions you or your child may be at risk for, you may be able to improve quality of life with personalized medicine and potential use of your child's banked cord blood and cord tissue stem cell for treatment.