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Friday, April 1, 2011

Direct-to-consumer whole-genome now in India - Personalized Genomics to your doorstep

Avesthagen launches commercial Whole Genome Scanning Bringing Personalized Genomics to your doorstep.

Avesthagen will use Affymetrix technology to decipher the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)/ mutation and predisposition to the disease. The DNA chip used by Avesthagen for whole genome scanning features more than 1.8 million markers of genetic variation that include SNPs as well as probes for copy number variation (CNV).

A whole genome scan of an individual would provide information to understand his/her own genetic make-up that would lead to an increased awareness about the predisposition to a disease(s). The diseases, which are offered by Avesthagen, include major types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, asthma, anemia, arthritis and others. The technology platform at Avesthagen is able to interrogate the genetic markers (SNPs and CNVs) across an individual’s genome to decipher the association of the markers to the diseases.

By employing a streamlined sample collection and delivery system, Indian customers will now have access to personalized genomics services, which until now were only available in the developed markets. Avesthagen will leverage its expertise in genomics technology and state-of-the-art high throughput facilities for carrying out genomic analysis. The facility can process 200 samples per month.

The whole genome scan will be carried out on DNA extracted from saliva / buccal swab provided by the individual. The collection kit for saliva can be ordered by writing a mail to The results of the analyses will be available to the individual through an on-line secure web portal. The entire process is completed in 15 days after receiving the sample at Avesthagen.

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