Waiting for genetic test results can be nerve wracking. If you are dealing with a health issue that may have genetic implications or you suspect that you may have a genetic disease, it is especially difficult. The sooner you can access your own genome, the quicker you can gain insights to optimize your strategies for the best health and wellness outcomes.
Sequencing.com’s expedited whole genome sequencing is the fastest whole genome sequencing service on the market. When you choose the expedited option, you’ll receive your results within three weeks of taking a genetics test. This is significantly faster than the industry standard processing speed of 8 to 12 weeks.
The usual method of direct-to-consumer whole genome sequencing takes so long because it relies on shipping samples between multiple labs and batch processing of tests to keep the cost affordable. Sequencing.com’s expedited turnaround cuts out the downtime.
With expedited turnaround, DNA samples go through the extraction and sequencing process one-at-a-time, in a state-of-the-art lab located in Temple City, California. In addition, next-generation sequencer technology and a highly optimized workflow move each sample quickly through preparation, sequencing, and analysis.
Although the expedited whole genome sequencing service is faster, it still provides you with the same quality assurance Sequencing.com is known for, which includes:
- Purifying and testing of your DNA to ensure it is of sufficient quantity and quality.
- Ensuring the integrity and accuracy of the sequencing through numerous quality-control checkpoints throughout the process.
- Validating your raw DNA data after it is generated.
The highly optimized workflow and personalized care of Sequencing.com’s expedited service also allows for comprehensive telomere-to-telomere reads. Telomeres are nucleoprotein caps at each end of a chromosome that protect the chromosome from damage and maintain genome stability. They are among the most complex regions of the genome. Sequencing them successfully often requires multiple sequencing passes, which are not available with regular batch processing.
Many people are interested in their telomere data because telomeres are linked to cell aging. Throughout its life, a cell constantly copies itself, and each time it does its telomeres get shorter. Eventually the telomeres become so short they can no longer protect the chromosomes adequately, and the cell does not function correctly.
Comprehensive data on your telomere length offers you another tool for assessing your overall wellness. When you know your telomere length, you can gain insight into your cells’ aging processes. That information can then inform your strategies for maximizing your health and longevity.
Dr. Brandon Colby MD is a US physician specializing in the personalized prevention of disease through the use of genomic technologies. He’s an expert in genetic testing, genetic analysis, and precision medicine. Dr. Colby is also the Founder of Sequencing.com and the author of Outsmart Your Genes.
Dr. Colby holds an MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and a degree in Genetics with Honors from the University of Michigan. He is an Affiliate Specialist of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), an Associate of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), and a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).