What Is Genomics?

Genomics is the study of complex sets of genes, how they are expressed in cells (what their level of activity is), and the role they play in biology. Another way to think about it is as a small network of genes and how they work together to influence the tumor’s biology and behavior. The Human Genome Project determined the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up DNA to identify approximately 25,000 genes of the human genome. Additional ongoing work remains to obtain the necessary knowledge that would allow genomic information to impact treatment planning for cancer. Actionable insight from genomic information comes from understanding how these genes inter-relate and what those resulting functions are, in addition to our knowledge of their sequences or forms.

As the study of genomics advances, the application of genomic information is expected to enhance the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of many different diseases, including cancer.

Learn more about genomic information and how it compares to genetics.

Details about applying genomics information to cancer.

Learn more about Genomic Health's product development activities.


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