Rare Disease Report

How to Participate in the Rare Genomes Project

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
Hayley Brooks, MS

At the Global Genes Patient and Advocacy Summit, we talked with Hayley Brooks, MS, program lead for Rare Disease Genomics at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA.

As Ms Brooks explains in this video, the program provides patients and families with a means to participate and obtain their genetic information through genomic sequencing.

By going to their website, www.raregenomes.org, participates can, after a short application, receive kits to obtain saliva and blood samples that can be processed for genome sequencing. Due to the limitation of saliva as a means to perform genetic testing, a blood sample is preferred but the organization is accommodating for patients who cannot produce a blood sample.

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