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When I decided to have my whole genome sequenced, Debbie and I looked into a few hospitals and treatment centers that offer such service. We soon learned they had one thing in common. They were all using illumina machines for the testing process. We were curious about the company and set up a meeting with Sandra Balladares, PhD from illumina marketing.
As a cancer patient and retired firefighter I was interested in looking at cancer statistics in our country and the fire service. I didn’t like what I found. Evidence suggests cancer is now the leading cause of death among firefighters overtaking heart disease.
It was liver biopsy time for me at IU Health. If you read my last post, you know we selected the Indiana University Health Precision Genomics program in Indianapolis, Indiana for my gene sequencing. They search for individual cancer genes with mutations or variants. They will use my tissue to test the whole genome of 3 billion base pairs.