Genetics

Your Genome

What it is and why it’s important to your health

We are all made up of trillions of cells. Tightly coiled within each cell is your biological instruction manual called deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA. Your genome has 6.4 billion letters of DNA which are packaged in 46 distinct structures called chromosomes. You get half of your chromosomes—23—from your mother and the other half from your father. You not only inherit physical traits from your parents, but you also can inherit other information that can put you at a higher risk for certain diseases. Even though you inherit your DNA from your parents, you also have changes in specific sites of your genome that are different from your parents, making you unique.

How HLI Sequences Your Genome and What We Report

To sequence your genome, we start with a blood sample. Our scientists extract the DNA from your cells and use sophisticated DNA sequencing machines to analyze all your genetic material to map your complete genome. By sequencing your complete genome (rather than only small portions of your DNA), you can get a more complete understanding of your health risk for certain diseases. Here are examples of the information that we provide for you and your physician as part of your Health Nucleus Report.

Clinical Insights: 

ACMG, Carrier Status, review of >40 medications and which ones may work better for you.

Health Insights: 

Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurological, Immunological, Respiratory, Metabolic and more.

Personal Insights: 

Ancestry, Allergies, Food Intolerances.

Physical Insights: 

Eye Color, Skin Color, Height, etc.