Business of Health: OMRF's DNA sequencing facility can map complete genome in about a day

Dr. Stephen Prescott, M.D.: Within the next year, at least 100,000 Americans are expected to undergo genetic testing. The tests range in cost from $1,500 to $4,500 are covered by some, but not all, insurers.

Published: Monday, October 6, 2014 By: Stephen Prescott, M.D. Source: NewsOK

It all sounded pretty nifty. After investing billions of dollars and more than a decade’s worth of work, scientists in 2003 announced they’d completed mapping the human genome. Francis Collins, now the director of the National Institutes of Health, called it the “most significant undertaking” in the history of science. Reading the body’s genetic blueprint, he said, “will be judged by history as more significant than even splitting the atom or going to the moon.”

Eleven years later, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s next-generation DNA sequencing facility can map an individual’s complete genome in 24 hours or so at a cost of less than $10,000. We provide this service to assist in medical research, with scientists using the knowledge that comes from this testing to deepen their understanding of disease.

A companion industry has also developed, one that may already have touched your life. That’s the business of genetic testing. (Full disclosure: I am a co-founder of Lineagen, a company that performs genetic testing for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other disorders of childhood development.)

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