The Value of Genome Sequencing

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The Value of Genome Sequencing
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Cost:  $195 

Description of Program Content:
Genome/exome sequencing is often considered the DNA test of last resort.  However, because genome sequencing cuts short many diagnostic odysseys and provides complete coverage of nearly all genes, genome sequencing should in many cases be the first test that is ordered.  Genome sequencing helps to control costs and very often provides the best value to the patient.  Dr. Weber will discuss applications of genome sequencing, the importance of an early and accurate diagnosis, and the cost advantages and limitations of genome sequencing.

Measurable Learning Objectives; At the end of this activity the participant will be able to:
    1. Recite many of the applications of genomic sequencing
    2. Compare different genome sequencing tests
    3. Understand current limitations of genome sequencing
    4. Gain a better appreciation for the value of genomic sequencing

James Weber, PhD Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Prevention Genetics 

Dr. James Weber founded PreventionGenetics in 2004 with a vision of "disease prevention through genetic testing." That vision has helped build a rapidly expanding company that provides comprehensive low cost, high quality clinical DNA testing. An internationally acclaimed research scientist, Dr. Weber was a major contributor to The Human Genome Project. His discovery of Short Tandem Repeat Polymorphisms (microsatellites) and creation of the Marshfield Maps of the human genome was a significant advance in human genetics. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications Dr. Weber received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California-Berkeley. From 1982-1986, he served in the United States Army working on malaria vaccines at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington. In 1986, Dr. Weber joined Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation where he was Senior Research Scientist, Director of the Center for Medical Genetics and Director of the National Institutes of Health-funded Mammalian Genotyping Service.


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