Genomic assays: on the brink of revolutionising human healthcare
Detailed knowledge of the human genome can provide us with extensive information about the causes of disease and how patients will respond to treatments. In this article, Pushpanathan Muthuirulan explores the concept of genetic testing and the potential for pharmacogenomic testing to transform healthcare.
Genomic assays offer enormous potential for improving human health. Recent advances in high-throughput genomic assay technologies have enabled development of more rapid and accurate genetic testing methods that can survey the entire human genome and pinpoint the genetic defects associated with diseases. Genomic assays offer deeper insights into disease causation in families and have improved our ability to diagnose and treat genetic disorders by targeting specific genetic subsets. The rapid pace of the discovery of genetic changes associated with disease has enabled researchers to predict the risk of genetic disorders in asymptomatic individuals, offering tremendous potential for unlocking value in precision medicine. Thus, genomic assays are on the cutting edge of medical innovation, offering resources to clinicians and healthcare providers for patient care and driving the future of medicine.