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Genomic Sequencing is Increasingly Being used in Clinical Practice: Here is Why Digitalizing it is Important

A majority of older adults (>60%) suffer from two or more chronic conditions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) almost 488,00 people died in the UK due to chronic disease in 2005. Twin studies have long established that genes are contributors to chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, RA, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and depression. It has now become possible to measure individual-level risks for these chronic diseases using molecular genetic data from genome-wide association studies (GWAS).

The digital genome is advanced progress in understanding animal and plant genetic material and is being driven through advancements in DNA sequencing technology. It helps in gathering information related to chronic diseases and utilized to get an understanding of genetic disorders. A digital genome facilitates instant access to trait sequences to resolve unending custom queries.

Five years ago, genomic sequencing was restricted to the research environment. Now, it is increasingly used in clinical practice, and over the next five years, genomic data from over 60 million patients is expected to be generated within healthcare. Genomic sequencing is rapidly transitioning into clinical practice, and implementation into healthcare systems has been supported by substantial government investment. For instance, US$3.8 billion U.S. federal investment in the Human Genome Project produced a return of US$141 in economic output per dollar invested, a figure that President Barack Obama rounded off in his State of the Union address in February, with an additional $8.5 billion in relevant federal support and, based on the total U.S. investment.

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is funding the project with US$7 million over one year. These national genomic-medicine initiatives are driving transformative change under real-life conditions while simultaneously addressing barriers to implementation and gathering evidence for broader adoption, thereby driving the North America Digital Genome market growth.

In August 2018, Boston, a Massachusetts-based company, announced that it landed US$ 4.3 million in seed funding and that it would be partnering with Veritas Genetics, a genome sequencing company. The funds will support the company’s mission to usher in the era of personal genome sequencing by creating a trusted, secure, and decentralized marketplace for genomic data. Thus, due to the continuous funding by the manufacturers and government in the field of genomics, the digital genome market is expected to witness growth by 2027.

In the United States, due to an increasing number of infected patients, healthcare professionals and leading organizations are conducting robust genomic research on COVID19. MedGenome, located in USA, is offering Covid-19 Research Services like NGS services to study the viral and host genomes for infection and disease for faster discovery of COVID-19 solutions. The European Commission and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) have also launched the European COVID-19 Data Portal. This brings together relevant datasets for sharing and analysis in an effort to accelerate COVID-19 research.

Such robust research activities on COVID 19 is likely to favor the growth of the digital genome market.

Meeta Ramnani
Meeta Ramnani
Meeta develops credible content about various markets based on deep research, opinions from experts and inputs from industry leaders. As the managing editor at Smart Industry News, she assures that every piece of news and article adds to the knowledge of decision makers. An avid bike rider, Meeta, is a postgraduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, where her specialization was Business Journalism. She carries experience from mainstream print media including The Times Group and Sakal Media Group.