What is Genetic Sequencing?
Imagine that your body has an instruction manual. It would be millions of pages long, delegating everything from the color of your eyes to the shape of your toenails. Now imagine that there was a single typo somewhere in those millions of pages. It is this typo, or mutation, that causes disease. Genetic sequencing is a computerized method of locating that mutation.
There are two types of genetic sequencing:
- Whole genome sequencing analyzes all of a patients genes. It costs more but produces more information for research.
- Exome sequencing analyzes the small portion of your genes where most mutations occur.