Consumer Genomics

The services needed by consumer genomics companies generally match up with those used in a genome-wide association study (GWAS). This is independent of the consumer product’s focus. Whether the goal is to tell consumers about their ancestry or what they should eat for breakfast, consumer genomics companies ultimately provide the personalized and curated results from a GWAS (or multiple GWASs) as a service to their customers.

Clinical Research

Clinical research is a broad area of science that focuses on the development, production, and testing of both diagnostics and therapeutics meant for human use. DNA sequencing is used in a variety of related fields such as gene therapy, antibody discovery, non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), and liquid biopsy.

Agriculture

Plant genomes are typically the largest, most repetitive, and most likely to be polyploid when compared to those of other organisms. The combination of repetitive regions and large size makes plant genomes complicated to analyze at both the biochemical and bioinformatics level.

Metagenomics

The field of metagenomics arguably represents the area of study whose methods have been most affected by the development of NGS technologies. Broadly defined as the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples, metagenomics makes great use of new sequencing technologies that allow for the detection of small amounts of genetic material while analyzing many different samples in parallel.

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