Genome.One is making genomic testing for healthy individuals more widely available, with the launch of a program that enables people from across Australia to undergo whole genome sequencing and analysis in order to guide their future health decisions.
Genome.One is Australia’s first clinically accredited whole genome sequencing and analysis service, and the new GoExplore™ program opens the door for more people to access information about their risk of inherited conditions.
It comes as Federal Government this month announced a 10-year, $500 million Australian Genomics Health Futures Mission which aims to help Australians live longer and better through access to genomics knowledge and technology.
Unlike some other genetic tests sold online, the GoExplore genome sequencing takes place in Australia and is provided within a clinical framework involving genetic health professionals.
Individuals require a doctor referral for the program and Genome.One has developed a growing network of GP referrers who have an interest in preventive health and genomics.
The program, which costs $4400, includes:
“This additional layer of health information gives individuals an insight into their risks and empowers them with information that they can discuss with their doctor about their future health management,” Genome.One CEO Dr Marcel Dinger said.
“The growing access to genomic information and this more precise approach to managing health is a step towards the next generation in precision healthcare.”
The launch of GoExplore follows last year’s introduction of GoNavigate™, which combines whole genome sequencing and genetic counselling with a comprehensive health assessment and health coaching offered in partnership with Life First at St Vincent’s clinic.
It also comes after Genome.One opened Australia’s first private clinical genomics clinic in Sydney, to provide genetic counselling and genomic testing to a wide range of patients, including those who are part of the GoExplore program. Individuals can access the clinic in person, or by telephone or telehealth.