Genome Sequencing

Also known as: whole genome sequencing, WGS.

What is genome sequencing?

Whole genome sequencing is a complex laboratory technique that involves transcribing in a single process, all of the genes in a genome (which is all of a child’s genetic material). This technique (as opposed to examining each gene individually) is helpful in diagnosing difficult and rare clinical genetic conditions which may have been investigated by a variety of pediatric subspecialists.  

What happens during the procedure?

Blood is drawn routinely from a vein which is sent to a laboratory for testing.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for the test.

What are the risk factors?

Pain, bleeding, infection, bleeding and damage to surrounding organs and tissues are potential risks of blood being drawn.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: March 26, 2019 12:25 PM