Genomic testing: How Are You Coded?
Genomic testing is a type of medical test that analyzes a person’s DNA, the genetic material that controls their physical characteristics and health. It can help identify genetic mutations, variations, or predispositions to certain diseases.
This information can then be used for a variety of purposes, including:
- Diagnosis of Genetic Disorders
- Predictive Testing
- Personalized Medicine
- Family planning
The first genomic testing began in the late 1980s when the first human genome was sequenced. Since then, advances in DNA sequencing technology have made genomic testing more accessible and affordable. It has become a crucial tool in the field of medicine. Today, genomic testing is used in a variety of settings, from research labs to clinical settings, and is helping to transform the way healthcare is delivered.
How Does Genomic Testing Work?
Genomic testing works by analyzing a person’s DNA, which is obtained through a sample of blood, saliva, or tissue. Wellacy’s (AKA FastLabs) genomic testing panels only require a small saliva sample. The DNA sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will extract the DNA and then use various techniques, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or sequencing, to identify specific genetic variations.
The results of the test are then interpreted and compared to a reference database to identify any mutations or variations that may be associated with a particular condition or disease. The results are then reported back to you!
Why is Genomic Testing Important?
Genomic testing provides valuable information about a person’s health; and helps healthcare providers make more informed decisions about their care.
- Early detection and diagnosis of genetic conditions: Genomic testing can help detect genetic mutations and variations that may cause or increase the risk of developing certain diseases. This information can be used to make an early diagnosis, which can lead to earlier treatment and better outcomes.
- Personalized medicine: The results of genomic testing can be used to guide treatment decisions, and inform the selection of the most appropriate medications for an individual.
- Family planning: It can help couples plan for healthy offspring by identifying any genetic risks before conception.
- Research: Genomic testing can contribute to our understanding of the genetic basis of disease, which can lead to the development of new treatments and therapies.
- Improved disease management: By identifying the specific genetic mutations or variations that are responsible for a disease, genomic testing can help healthcare providers develop more targeted and effective treatments and management strategies.
How to get a Genomic Test?
Getting a genomic test done has become easier in recent years with the advancement of DNA sequencing technology and the increasing availability of testing services.
Here are the steps involved in getting a genomic test done:
- Order the test: Contact Wellacy (AKA FastLabs) and schedule your genomic test. The test can be ordered online through our website or via phone.
- Provide a sample: You will need to provide a sample of saliva. The sample will be tken to our laboratory for analysis.
- Receive results: The laboratory will analyze the sample and report the results to you. The results may take 2 weeks to be completed.
Overall, getting a genomic test done has become more accessible, but it’s important to understand that the results can be complex. Wellacy (AKA FastLabs) can connect you with a provider for result interpretation.
Visit Wellacy’s (AKA FastLabs’) new South Miami location at 6193 Sunset Dr, South Miami FL 33143 – across the street from South Miami Hospital and close to Larkin Hospital. This new state-of-the-art laboratory offers a FULL menu of laboratory testing and diagnostic options for patients, including a variety of genomic testing options. Appointments can be made directly on the Wellacy (AKA FastLabs) website, www.wellacy.com. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are recommended. Call (305) 741-2655 or email email@example.com to find out more!