“Genetic technology has reached the point where the cost of conducting comprehensive genetic testing for hundreds of diseases at a single time is now affordable, and the knowledge of how to use this information is increasing at an exponential rate.” ~Intervew with the Editor, The DPC Journal & Concierge Medicine Today
By Quora, Forbes, Contributor
What would you say has been the biggest advance in genomics in the last 5 years? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
The maturation of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has been the biggest advance in genomics in the last five years. This has lead to the. The cost of genetic sequencing has been dropping faster than Moore’s law. Although we have been sequencing genes in the clinical lab for over twenty years using Sanger sequencing, it was expensive and laborious and so it had to be done very judiciously. Turn around times were four months to more than a year. Insurance companies rarely paid for the testing and it was far too expensive for most people to afford. Genetic testing on affected people was rarely done and preventive genetic testing of healthy people was unheard of.
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