What is genomic sequencing?
Genomic sequencing is a process by which scientists establish the order of the bases of a DNA molecule. The bases are chemical compounds, adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C) and guanine (G). The sequence of these compounds determines the DNA segment’s genetic information, like where the DNA contains genes versus regulatory instructions for turning genes on or off.
Why is genomic sequencing important to healthcare?
Genomic sequencing is important because it can efficiently and affordably uncover the parts or changes of DNA that could cause disease. Genomic sequencing can also help with the development of therapies and diagnostics. Lastly, genomic sequencing can increase understanding of how inheritance and environmental factors impact disease susceptibility.