Genomic testing looks at the ways in which your genes interact and what those interactions mean to your health. Genomic testing is different from genetic testing because it looks at all of your genes, rather than detecting a single gene mutation.
What is Genomic Testing?
Unlike genetics, genomics is not constrained to inheritable mutations.
Genomics identifies how your genetic makeup influences the course of a disease, and how environment, lifestyle, and drug treatments can trigger mutations that alter that course. Genomics is important because it helps show why some people are genetically predisposed to certain illnesses, even if the way certain genes interact is unknown. Rather than identifying a single genetic pathway, genomics evaluates the multitude of genetic variables that affect the development or treatment of a disease (such as cancer or diabetes).
Phronetik™ offers the following types of genomic testing:
Used to precisely identify the disease that is making a person ill. The results of a diagnostic test may help determine how to treat or manage health.
Gives information about how certain medicines are processed by an individual's body. This type of testing can help a healthcare provider choose the medicines that work best with individual genetic makeup.
Research Genomic Testing
Used to learn more about the contributions of genes to health and to disease. Sometimes the results may not be directly helpful to participants, but they may benefit others by helping researchers expand their understanding of the human body, health, and disease.
Used to find people who "carry" a change in a gene that is linked to disease. Carriers may show no signs of the disease; however, they have the ability to pass on the gene change to their children, who may develop the disease or become carriers themselves. Some diseases require a gene change to be inherited from both parents for the disease to occur. This type of testing usually is offered to people who have a family history of a specific inherited disease or who belong to certain ethnic groups that have a higher risk of specific inherited diseases.