The $6400 question as retail genome sequencing launches in Australia

With a pricetag of $6400, whole genome sequencing is now being offered to the Australian public by the Garvan Institute’s Genome.One lab in Sydney.

The private clinic has launched a commercial service that claims to provide genetic insights to a person’s responses to 220 medications and future risk of developing 31 types of cancer and 13 heart conditions.

The genome sequencing will look at variants of 230 genes (humans have about 20,000) linked to increased risk for conditions including: