NextSeq550 is one of the main devices in 57357’s genomics research lab. It belongs to an advanced category of genetic sequencing known as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), and it enables researchers to accurately and rapidly determine the genetic sequence of humans, bacteria or viruses. It is also a high throughput device that allows obtaining reliable results for tens of specimens, in less than 48 hours, which used to take numerous days with the previous techniques.
Mutations or other alterations to the genome of person or a microorganism can be crucial, as the may have a key role in the disease progression or its resistance to therapy. They can also be distinctive markers for diagnosis or prediction of disease progression. The importance of this device lies in its role in:
– More accuracy and rapidity in diagnosis
– The possibility of predicting segments that are more susceptible to develop cancer specially first degree relatives
– Predicting the possibility of occurrence of treatment resistance, which helps directing the treatment plan more effectively
– The device also helps understanding some of the infectious diseases that affect cancer patients