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,
Learn more about genomic information
and how it compares to genetics.
Details about applying genomics information
Learn more about Genomic Health's products in development: