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Novogene Partners With Full Genomes to Offer Whole-Genome Sequencing Ancestry Test

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Novogene said this week that it has inked an agreement to offer Rockville, Maryland-based Full Genomes' whole-genome sequencing-based ancestry test in China.

Novogene, which is headquartered in Beijing, will run the $895 test, GenomeGuide, on its Illumina HiSeq X Ten. Customers will get back the raw data BAM file, variant summary reports from SnpEff and VEP that are compatible with third-party tools, autosomal and X-chromosomal variant identification VCF files, and mitochondrial and Y chromosome reports.

GenomeGuide is sold as a research-use-only test.

According to Justin Loe, CEO of Full Genomes, GenomeGuide will be "the most comprehensive ancestry test on the market today."

Full Genomes entered the ancestry testing market in 2013 with a Y chromosome sequencing service. The firm now also offers RUO whole-genome sequencing at varying levels of coverage in addition to its Y-chromosome sequencing test and GenomeGuide.