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GENOMICS

Genomics is the study of genes and other information encoded in an individual’s genome
About genomics

What is genomics?

Genomics is the study of genes and other information encoded in an individual’s genome—the complete set of genetic instructions encoded within their DNA.

Garvan’s genomic technologies allow researchers to investigate relationships between many sections of the genome and study their combined influence on health and disease.

Key statistics

  • 2 metres
    Your genome is your complete set of genetic material, encoded within about 2 metres of DNA
  • 6 billion
    Genome sequencing involves reading the 6 billion letters that contain your genetic information
  • 61 metres
    If printed out, the letters that make up your genome would fill a stack of paperback books 61 metres high
  • Reduced Cost
    The cost of sequencing a human genome has dropped from more than $1 billion to close to $1,000 in just over a decade
  • Genomic Medicine
    Genomic medicine has the potential to transform healthcare because all diseases have a genetic component – from inherited disorders to complex diseases such as cancer and diabetes

Genomics research at Garvan

Garvan is at the leading edge of medical research in the genomic era and was one of the first centres in the world to acquire cost-effective sequencing technologies that can sequence 18,000 whole human genomes a year.

Latest Resources

VIDEO

Alan’s Story: A life-changing diagnosis through genome sequencing

NATIONAL STUDY

Australian study to explore public awareness of personal genomic testing

VIRTUAL TOUR

See inside our genomics facility

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