Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) today announced the availability of its Phasing Analysis Service, provided by the company’s FastTrack Services lab through the Illumina Genome Network (IGN). The new sample-to-answer service delivers human whole-genome phase information, empowering gene mapping studies with a more comprehensive view of genomic variation. With phase data, researchers can better understand the effect of genotype on phenotype and variant interaction within a gene.
Conventionally, whole-genome sequencing generates a single consensus sequence without assigning variants to specific homologous chromosomes. Phase information, however, can identify segments of connected variants, facilitating ancestry determination in population studies. Further, in instances where two potentially deleterious variants occur in a gene, knowing how these variants impact the function of one or both copies of the gene is useful in identifying genetic causes of disease. Illumina’s Phasing Analysis Service reduces reliance on statistical inference methods and availability of trios, thereby delivering more accurate phase information at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods.
“We are thrilled to be the first company to offer the research community this comprehensive human whole-genome sequencing and phasing service,” said Christian Henry, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Illumina’s Genomic Solutions business. “Customers who participated in the beta testing used the service for a diverse range of applications, from human population studies to the identification of variants causing rare disease. Early customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Illumina gained access to the synthetic long read technology that enables human whole-genome phasing through its acquisition of Moleculo, Inc. announced in January 2013. Sample preparation kits for generating synthetic long reads and human phasing data are in development.The new Phasing Analysis Service is available for immediate ordering as an add-on to the IGN Whole-Genome Analysis Service, delivering results within twelve weeks. For more information, please visit www.illumina.com/phasedsequencing. About Illumina Illumina ( www.illumina.com) is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and function. We provide innovative sequencing and array-based solutions for genotyping, copy number variation analysis, methylation studies, gene expression profiling, and low-multiplex analysis of DNA, RNA, and protein. We also provide tools and services that are fueling advances in consumer genomics and diagnostics. Our technology and products accelerate genetic analysis research and its application, paving the way for molecular medicine and ultimately transforming healthcare. Forward-Looking Statements This release may contain forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in any forward-looking statements are detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, or in information disclosed in public conference calls, the date and time of which are released beforehand. We do not intend to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this release.