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Veritas Genetics Launches $999 Whole Genome And Sets New Standard For Genetic Testing

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Waverunner, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. Waverunner

    Waverunner Senior Member

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    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...w-standard-for-genetic-testing-300230258.html

    BOSTON, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Veritas Genetics, co-founded by Harvard Medical School professor and genetics pioneer Dr. George Church, today introduces Veritas myGenome, the world's first whole genome for less than $1,000, including interpretation and genetic counseling. Veritas Genetics first broke the $1,000 genome barrier in 2015 when it made whole genome sequencing available to nearly 5,000 participants in the Personal Genome Project (PGP) at Harvard Medical School.


    https://www.veritasgenetics.com/mygenome-panel#sec-4

    Only available for US citizen and you need a doctor order. The good thing however is that gene by gene might come under pressure and may have to lower their ridiculous high price of around 10k USD for whole genome sequencing without interpretation. If I was an US citizen I would order at veritas right away.
     
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    Sea Senior Member

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    Eagerly awaiting extension beyond the US. Anyone in the US want to lend me their identity for a while? ;)
     
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    About time. I'm not in the US but I presume this will expand beyond its borders eventually. 23andme is incredibly frustrating. I come across so many interesting SNPs in my reading and when I look them up they're usually not tested by 23andme.
     
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    Haha, genetic counselling: ´so, you are a loser in life´s genetic lottery - how do you feel about that?´
     
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    msf Senior Member

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    I expect Redlabs will test for the relevant SNPs from the recent De Meirleir for much less than this. At the moment, even that wouldn´t be worth much, as there is little you can do about them if you have them.
     
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    I'm so glad < $1000 has arrived already. It's 30X.

    I want this as soon as I can afford it. Unfortunately I may not be able for many months.

     
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    I asked my doctor about this, and he said "it looks very cool but really matters what kinds of genes they are going to test and how much they know or want to get into supplements." So I guess a lot depends on how much usable information you get in the interpretation.

    I couldn't find a sample report.
     
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  8. Valentijn

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    It's whole genome sequencing ... so it's testing all of the genes, and everything else too.

    Worrying about supplement interpretations seems a bit ... frivolous :p If that is the main concern, then trial and error without genetic input is probably cheaper and easier.

    https://www.veritasgenetics.com/mygenome-demo#sec-9 seems to have some more data. Looks similar to the data 23andMe used to show. Basically superficial automated stuff showing minor impacts mostly, and not the serious stuff. But it wouldn't be too hard to compare it to a database of known pathogenic SNPs.

    It's nowhere near the sort of interpretation that other companies are charging hundreds of dollars for.
     
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    It would be awesome if anyone could tell us how the results and interpretation look like. I hope they make it available to international customers as well, like Gene by Gene does.
     
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    So far I've found out that the test is performed on urine. I've asked if they have a sample interpretation I could share with my doctor and am waiting for a reply.
     
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  11. Valentijn

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    That's really really weird.

    ETA: are you sure they said urine? I searched their site, and urine isn't mentioned at all, but there is a question in the FAQ about blood versus saliva.
     
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    Oh, on the page "for Providers" it says:
    That's very good news ... it means they're already automatically sorting out potential problems, and making a separate list of them.
     
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    My bad, not urine, saliva. Their reply to my email query: "We will then send you a saliva collection kit with a prepaid return label on the packaging"
     
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  15. Never Give Up

    Never Give Up Collecting improvements, until there's a cure.

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    Would you clarify what you mean by this, Valentijn?
     
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    Valentijn Senior Member

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    When genetics services charge hundreds of dollars for interpretation, they are looking for known pathogenic or potentially pathogenic mutations. This probably involves some automation for the known pathogenic mutations, but then hands-on assessment from a live human being to check the specific effects of the mutations. And similarly it would need a human being involved to look into suspicious new mutations which have not yet been published about.

    Based on the screenshots shown on the mobile device, the interpretations included with $999 price tag are very basic and mostly frivolous. Basically what 23andMe shows (or used to show in the US) ... how well do you metabolize caffeine, etc? And just a handful of the more common serious mutations (haemochromatosis, etc).

    So it looks like the basic interpretation is largely useless stuff, but they'll do proper interpretations of results in the context of serious genetic diseases, for an extra fee.
     
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