Existence Genetics

By Justin Petrone
Existence Genetics, a Los Angeles-based genetic testing company, recently introduced a new service that relies on microarray technology to screen customers for their risk for around 1,000 rare diseases.

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Existence Genetics has launched a genetic testing service that analyzes customers' risk for more than 1,000 diseases, traits, and medication reactions in a single run.

The predictive medicine company will use the Oragene DNA saliva-based collection kit.

The company's current technology is based on DNA microarray chips, but its founder and CEO said that once whole-genome sequencing becomes a routine medical procedure, its business model will change and allow the company to truly take off.

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