Entries by Brandon Iwamoto

Genome, Exome… What’s the Difference?

Genome sequencing is all over the news lately, especially with commercial companies offering sequencing to explore a customer’s ethnic background, recommended diets and fitness plans, and reveal what kinds of diseases they might potentially encounter in their lifetime. With all this talk about revealing our genetic code so easily, let’s take a step back to […]

Genome Sequencing and the End of Cancer

Modern genomics and biotechnology have blown open doors for research on many diseases once considered a guaranteed death sentence for those who were diagnosed with them. Years ago, the only treatments for a cancerous tumor growth may have been to blast it with radiation and/or chemotherapy, or else remove the tumors and vulnerable tissue surgically. However, […]

Getting to the Heart of the Problem with Cardiovascular Sequencing

It’s American Heart Month and while heart disease maintains its reign as the single leading cause of death among both men and women in the US, there is ongoing research to help people live longer and healthier lives. From a genetic standpoint, cardiovascular health is affected by a wide variety of different genes. The Illumina TruSight Cardio […]

Find Your Perfect Match: Using HLA Typing For Successful Organ Transplants

Within clinical environments, making decisions based on precise and comprehensive data is paramount in practicing high-quality medicine. One of the more complex clinical procedures involves organ transplants. Organ transplant surgery, a high-risk proposition made necessary by even more dire circumstances, carries with it an increased complexity in matching donors for the patient. While current medicine […]

Weighing in on Genetics and Weight Loss

It’s that time of year again when every local gym fills with hundreds of new members, resolute that this is the year they finally follow through on their weight loss goals. Getting healthy is arguably the most common New Year’s resolution, and with Americans’ struggling with obesity compared with the rest of the world, it’s […]

How to Submit a Sample for Genome Sequencing

At The Sequencing Center, we receive hundreds of samples every month, and while most of the samples are primed and ready for sequencing, it’s easy for our clients to miss some key preparation steps. In order to get the best results from your samples, here are 5 important sample submission points to pay attention to. […]


The Genome Sequencing Process

The process of sequencing a genetic sample can often feel like a confusing and fragmented process, with each individual step being performed by different vendors before finally ending up with a sequenced genome. In fact, it was our frustration with having to go through this overly complex, expensive, and time-consuming process just to get a […]