Population-scale genomic information

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The goal of human genomics is to identify genetic variants in the population that influence phenotypes, such as disease susceptibility or response to medical treatment. Historically, this posed a challenge. The only cost-effective technology for profiling large numbers of individuals has been genotyping arrays, which only measure a small fraction of the genome.

Sequencing-based technologies, which enable more comprehensive profiling of genetic variation, remain too expensive for routine use. Gencove's low-pass sequencing and analysis software provide a path to ubiquitous genomic information.

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The power and discovery capabilities of sequencing

  • Genome-wide association studies
  • New rare genetic variant discovery
  • Population genetic analysis
  • Biobank genomic profiling
  • Pharmacogenomics trials and research
  • Ancestry profiling
  • Diagnostic testing

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How low-pass sequencing works


Library preparation

Our low-pass sequencing library preparation method is optimized for output and cost-efficiency. It’s also automated, scalable, and battle-tested.


Low-Pass Whole Genome Sequencing

We sequence a random 10-20% of the genome but at shallower depths (<1x) hence the name low-coverage or low-pass sequencing. We have three options for sequencing your samples: in our lab, our preferred network of service providers, or you may directly upload a FastQ file to the Gencove platform.


Imputation and analysis

Using our proprietary algorithms, we compare the sequence to reference panels to complete the genome. Gencove’s products return over 99% accurate variant calls for every sample. We then provide imputed VCF and aligned BAM files plus any additional analysis that you need to complete your project.

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Broad Institute
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