Genomics FAQs

What is Genetic testing?

Genetic testing is a type of medical test identifying changes in the genes that may play a role in disease development. Genetics determine, understand, and cure a wide array of diseases with complicated pathologies, especially those that are passed on from parents to their offspring or descendants.

What is the significance of Genetics in prevention?

Genetic testing can detect certain mutations that can play a role in the onset of disease formation for high risk individuals. Genetics allows an individual to make informed decisions in personal healthcare monitoring and management.

Is Genetic testing cost effective?

Genetic testing provides an option to disease management. Diagnosis of any disease can lead to emotional, financial and psychological burden and genetic testing narrows down the option of disease classification leading to simpler and cheaper treatments with increased chances of survival.

What is the certainty in Genetics?

Genetic testing provides a sense of relief from uncertainty. The result of a genetic test may confirm or rule out a suspected hereditary disease, or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on a hereditary disorder.

What is Next Generation Sequencing?

Is a high-throughput sequencingfollowing Sanger sequencing method. NextGen sequencing process promises high quality results in less time and cost. The combination of computer modeling, molecular biology techniques and imaging allows whole genome sequencing (WGS) in less than half the time it used to take.

What is the difference between Nextgen Sequencing and Sanger Sequencing?

Nextgen sequencing minimizes error by limiting human intervention which can be potential source of inaccuracy. With a simplified workflow, researchers are spending more time in data analysis than in generation of data.

How does NextGen sequencing work?

NextGen sequencing platforms utilizes a chemical reaction that releases energy that converts light during sequencing. The light emission is captured by a device within the instrument that converts the signal into biological data.