Other sources of information about genomics

Here, you will find resources that help explain genetics, genomics and genomic testing. Some of this material was developed by Australian Genomics, specifically for Australians. Other resources have an international focus and highlight genomic trends in other countries. 

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Resources

Whole genome sequencing and you

This video gives an introduction to the genome and some information relating to genomic medicine. The focus is on healthy individuals rather than those with rare diseases or cancers. The video is quite long.
Source: Icahn School of Medicine (USA)
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Whole exome sequencing

This brochure provides information about a specific type of genetic testing called whole exome sequencing. Note: the information relating to insurance may not be the same in Australia.
Source: Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (USA)
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Taking part in the 100,000 Genomes Project

This webpage talks about participating in the 100,000 Genomes Project in the UK, and is quite specific to this project so might not be relevant to you personally. The information might be useful to help you understand how genomic testing relates to the bigger picture and why it is important for rare diseases/cancer in particular.
Source: Genomics England (UK)
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Benefits and risks of genetic testing

This webpage discusses what the positive and negative impacts might be of having genetic testing. The information is a starting point and should be discussed further with your healthcare professional. Note: some of the information relating to insurance may not be relevant in Australia.
Source: Genetic Alliance (UK)
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Genetic testing

This webpage provides information about genetic testing in Australia. This website is a good starting point to answer basic questions relating to genetic testing. The website also provides a number of avenues to find further information.
Source: Healthdirect (Australia)
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FAQs about genetic testing

This webpage explains what genetic testing is, the types of genetic testing and all the possible outcomes. It is quite straightforward and easy to understand.
Source: National Human Genome Research Institute (USA)
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Ethical issues in human genetics and genomics

This factsheet looks at possible risks associated with getting genetic testing. It explains complex situations and should be discussed with your health professional.
Source: NSW Health Centre for Genetics Education (Australia)
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Benefits of a genetic diagnosis of mitochondrial disease

This factsheet explains what the benefits of receiving a genetic diagnosis may be for people with mitochondrial disease.
Source: Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
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DNA banking

This webpage very briefly explains DNA banking. Note: there may be differences in DNA banking between Australia and the USA.
Source: Genetic Support (USA)
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