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GENOMICS

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

What is genomics?

Genomics is the study of genes and other information encoded in an individual’s genome—the complete set of instructions in their DNA. Our genomic technologies help researchers investigate the relationships between many sections of the genome and study their combined influence on health and disease.

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Key Statistics

2 metres

2 metres

Your genome is your complete set of genetic material, encoded in about 2 metres of DNA.

6 billion

6 billion

Genome sequencing involves reading the 6 billion letters that contain your genetic information.

61 metres

61 metres

If printed out, the letters of your genome would fill a stack of paperbacks 61 metres high.

Reduced Cost

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

Genomic medicine has the potential to transform healthcare because all diseases have a genetic component – from inherited disorders to complex diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Genomics research at Garvan

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

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Genomic Cancer Medicine Program

Genomic medicine is diagnosis and treatment based on a person’s entire DNA sequence. This is the future for all cancer treatment; but genomic medicine will have its greatest impact for rare, high-mortality cancers.

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Latest resources

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VIDEO

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

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NATIONAL STUDY

Australian study to explore public awareness of personal genomic testing.

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VIRTUAL TOUR

See inside our genomics facility.