Reflections on the Cost of 'Low Cost' Whole Genome Sequencing: Framing the Health Policy Debate
PLOS Biology, V. 11, No. 11, November 2013, p. e1001699
6 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2013
Date Written: November 1, 2013
The cost of whole genome sequencing is dropping rapidly. There has been a great deal of enthusiasm about the potential for this technological advance to transform clinical care. Given the interest and significant investment in genomics, this seems an ideal time to consider what the evidence tells us about potential benefits and harms, particularly in the context of health care policy. The scale and pace of adoption of this powerful new technology should be driven by clinical need, clinical evidence, and a commitment to put patients at the centre of health care policy.
Keywords: whole genome sequencing, WGS, whole exome sequencing, WES, human genome
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