The field of personal genomics is just beginning. With recent advances in sequencing, whole genome sequencing (or whole genome SNP analysis) has become increasingly affordable. While the Human Genome Project cost $3 billion for one genome, Watsonâ€™s genome was sequenced for $1 to 2 million just a few years later.
In addition to the oft-discussed start-up company 23andMe, a least one other personal genomics company has announced its intention to offer sequencing and analysis to consumers. Navigenetics, based in Redwood Shores, California, describes itself as:
â€œ[A] privately held company offering personalized, genetics-based consumer health and wellness services to our members. Our founders and advisors include leading genetic scientists, physicians, genetic counselors, bioethicists, patient advocates, health policy and technology experts and a management team that has launched some of the most successful online health and information resources of our time.â€
Navigeneticsâ€™ website makes it clear that the company is strongly focused on the medical application of genetic information:
â€œ[The company will] screen your whole genome and compare it to the most up-to-date research on the genetic foundation of conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. We then provide you with clinically based knowledge to help you take positive steps to live as long and healthy a life as possible.â€
While 23andMe has partnered with Illumina to offer sequencing, … Click to read more!