Thursday, June 11, 2009

Get your genome sequenced by Illumina for $48k

This week Illumina launched their own personal genome sequencing service. For $48,000 they'll send you the sequence of your entire genome on a Mac computer that you can keep. According to their website, all the sequencing is done in a CLIA-certified clinical lab. One thing different about this than other consumer genetics services is that they require you to consult your doctor before signing up, and have them request sequencing for you, like writing a prescription. Then they send the sequence back to your doctor to discuss your results.

Now, even as a geneticist I'm not sure what to tell a layperson to do with all 3 billion of their bases sequenced, so what is a general practitioner to do when their patient seeks medical advice based on a service like this? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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