Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Australian Clinical Labs will take over the the clinical pathology and reporting responsibilities of Garvan Institute of Medical Research subsidiary Genome.One.

An Australian team has sequenced some 4,000 healthy individuals over 70 years old for the Medical Genome Reference Bank database.

The new hardware expands Garvan's current system so that it can better support large-scale whole-genome and single-cell sequencing initiatives.

It will be possible to upload genomic data to Australia's My Health Record system, which has raised privacy issues, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The Garvan team has shown that whole-genome sequencing can diagnose more cases than targeted panels and is now demonstrating its cost-effectiveness.

With the new five-year funding, patients across Australia with rare or less common cancers will be able to access the program through a network of eight cancer centers.

Clearbridge will refer its patients to Genome.One's GoExplore test for disease risk assessment and drug response prediction.

Australia's Garvan Institute is teaming up with startup E-Nome to explore how secure storage of personal genomic records could support medical research.

And On to GPs

The Garvan Institute's Genome.One plans to expand to a network of general practitioners, the Australian Financial Review reports.

The two firms are offering a combined genetic disease risk and pharmacogenomic analysis that covers 49 conditions and about 220 medications.

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