The exome sequencing process
Exome sequencing is a technique for sequencing protein-coding genes in a genome. It consists of selecting only the subset of DNA that encodes proteins (known as exons) and then sequencing that DNA. The Genomic Medicine Center uses Illumina technology and PacBio to sequence this DNA.
The Center's laboratory offers exome sequencing on both a clinical and research basis. The clinical tests are performed on Illumina sequencers and the menu currently consists of Comprehensive Symptom-driven exome panels based upon a patient’s phenotype. The sequencing is performed on the affected child and available family members as appropriate for the family. Other tests include Macrocephaly panel, Noonan Syndrome and select panels consisting of 2-5 genes. Single gene sequencing is also available. PacBio is currently used only for research purposes.
For more information about clinical WES, or to learn how to request a consultation for a patient, please contact (816) 915-5241. Research investigators should send an email to GenomicsResearchCore@cmh.edu.