Genomic Testing: What You Can Learn

March 24, 2020
Baby in a crib

Unlike genetic testing, which is designed to detect changes in chromosomes, genes or proteins to help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing along a genetic disorder, genomics looks at a person’s full genetic makeup and how genes interact. This infographic shows the benefits of genomics at each stage of a person’s life.

Genomically speaking, we’re more than 99% alike, but separated by millions of genomic variations. Genomic testing can be used at every stage of a person’s life to provide insights into current or potential health issues.

Infographic of genomic journey from infants to seniors
  • Provide details that can lead to personalized medicines and treatments.
  • Understand the infant’s biological systems, including cardiovascular and endocrine systems.
  • Determine how biological systems could influence each other.
  • Predict health problems that may occur.
  • Identify treatable genetic disorders.
Preteens and teenagers
  • Identify rare diseases that traditional tests might miss.
  • Determine genetic health risks, such as genetic mutations.
  • Provide early warnings for children at risk of diseases like Type 1 diabetes.
  • Optimize medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other disorders.
  • Gain insights into overall personal health.
  • Identify fertility issues.
  • Assess risk of developing diseases as the person ages.
  • Determine how a tumor will likely behave in cancer treatments.
  • Predict how fast a tumor will grow and how likely it is to metastasize.
  • Help inform diets for people feeling unusually tired or lacking nutrients.
  • Manage health and wellbeing.
  • Deliver insights into disease states.
  • Provide detailed information to doctors making decisions about a person’s disease.
  • Understand health risks and share information with physicians.
  • Allow care providers to customize treatment plans. 

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