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.
Standard methods for human GWAS include whole-genome sequencing (WGS), whole-exome sequencing (WES), and DNA microarrays (aka “SNP chips”). Rather than providing sequencing information, Microarray technology is distinct from sequencing and SNP chips provide information about specific single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Beyond these three main methods, a variety of custom capture and other targeted sequencing approaches exist to lower the cost per sample when WGS is cost prohibitive.
Human WGS (hWGS) and human WES (hWES) are standard services but we do not work with DNA microarrays. If you are looking for options that can provide a lower price per sample than human WES, we are happy to provide custom quotes for low coverage WGS and targeted sequencing approaches based on the specific needs of your project.
Beyond our standard services, we are able to customize solutions for any DNA or RNA sequencing-related workflow. Usually it’s best to start with a specific project or list of requirements, especially when dealing with work that must be performed in a CLIA or CAP laboratory environment. So if you do not see exactly what you are looking for, please tell us what that is!