Complete Genomics (GNOM) Reports Encouraging Data for LFR Tech on Testing

July 11, 2012 1:02 PM EDT
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Complete Genomics, Inc. (Nasdaq: GNOM) today announced that its Long Fragment Read (LFR) technology for whole genome sequencing dramatically improves accuracy, enables fully-phased genomes, and significantly reduces the amount of DNA required for testing. Complete's LFR technology should accelerate the use of whole genome sequencing by physicians to diagnose and treat their patients.

Until now, determining whether two disease-associated variants were on the same or different parental chromosomes was either impossible or required expensive, low-throughput technologies — an approach often infeasible in a clinical environment. Complete's new LFR technology not only enables an accurate identification of mutations, but includes phasing that shows which mutations are in fact together on the same parental chromosome. Through phasing, a physician can determine whether a patient with two pathogenic variants in a gene including its regulatory regions is affected or merely a carrier of the trait. In addition, Complete's LFR technology provides, for the first time, accurate whole-genome sequencing from as few as 10 to 20 cells (only 100 picograms of DNA), making it an ideal choice for small sample clinical sequencing applications including circulating tumor cells, fine needle aspirations, and pre-implantation genetic diagnostics.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has already issued Complete Genomics two separate patents on LFR technology, and additional patent applications, including miniaturization using nanodrops, are pending. Complete Genomics plans to incorporate the new technology into its sequencing offerings in early 2013.

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