Genetic Analysis Systems and Methods

The present invention provides methods of assessing an individual's genotype correlations by analyzing the individual's genomic profile to a database of medically relevant genetic variations that have been established to correlate to a phenotype.

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Description

CROSS REFERENCE

This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application Nos. 60/868,066, filed Nov. 30, 2006, and 60/951,123, filed Jul. 20, 2007, which are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Sequencing of the human genome and other recent developments in human genomics has revealed that the genomic makeup between any two humans has over 99.9% similarity. The relatively small number of variations in DNA between individuals gives rise to differences in phenotypic traits, and is related to many human diseases, susceptibility to various diseases, and response to treatment of disease. Variations in DNA between individuals occur in both coding and non-coding regions, and include changes in bases at a particular locus in genomic DNA sequences, as well as insertions and deletions of DNA. Changes that occur at single base positions in the genome are referred to as single nucleotide polymorphisms, or “SNPs.”

While SNPs are relatively rare in the human genome, they account for a majority of DNA sequence variations between individuals, occurring approximately once every 1,200 base pairs in the human genome (see International HapMap Project, www.hapmap.org). As more human genetic information becomes available, the complexity of SNPs is beginning to be understood. In turn, the occurrences of SNPs in the genome are becoming correlated to the presence of and/or susceptibility to various diseases and conditions.

As these correlations and other advances in human genetics are being made, medicine and personal health in general are moving toward a customized approach in which a patient will make appropriate medical and other choices in consideration of his or her genomic information, among other factors. Thus, there is a need to provide individuals and their care-givers with information specific to the individual's personal genome toward providing personalized medical and other decisions.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a method of assessing an individual's genotype correlations comprising: a) obtaining a genetic sample of the individual, b) generating a genomic profile for the individual, c) determining the individual's genotype correlations with phenotypes by comparing the individual's genomic profile to a current database of human genotype correlations with phenotypes, d) reporting the results from step c) to the individual or a health care manager of the individual, e) updating the database of human genotype correlations with an additional human genotype correlation as the additional human genotype correlation becomes known, f) updating the individual's genotype correlations by comparing the individual's genomic profile from step c) or a portion thereof to the additional human genotype correlation and determining an additional genotype correlation of the individual, and g) reporting the results from step f) to the individual or the health care manager of the individual.

The present invention further provides a business method of assessing genotype correlations of an individual comprising: a) obtaining a genetic sample of the individual; b) generating a genomic profile for the individual; c) determining the individual's genotype correlations by comparing the individual's genomic profile to a database of human genotype correlations; d) providing results of the determining of the individual's genotype correlations to the individual in a secure manner; e) updating the database of human genotype correlations with an additional human genotype correlation as the additional human genotype correlation becomes known; f) updating the individual's genotype correlations by comparing the individual's genomic profile or a portion thereof to the additional human genotype correlation and determining an additional genotype correlation of the individual; and g) providing results of the updating of the individual's genotype correlations to the individual of the health care manager of the individual.

Another aspect of the present invention is a method generating a phenotype profile for an individual comprising: a) providing a rule set comprising rules, each rule indicating a correlation between at least one genotype and at least one phenotype, b) providing a data set comprising genomic profiles of each of a plurality of individuals, wherein each genomic profile comprises a plurality of genotypes; c) periodically updating the rule set with at least one new rule, wherein the at least one new rule indicates a correlation between a genotype and a phenotype not previously correlated with each other in the rule set; d) applying each new rule to the genomic profile of at least one of the individuals, thereby correlating at least one genotype with at least one phenotype for the individual, and optionally, e) generating a report comprising the phenotype profile of the individual.

The present invention also provides a system comprising a) a rule set comprising rules, each rule indicating a correlation between at least one genotype and at least one phenotype; b) code that periodically updates the rule set with at least one new rule, wherein the at least one new rule indicates a correlation between a genotype and a phenotype not previously correlated with each other in the rule set; c) a database comprising genomic profiles of a plurality of individuals; d) code that applies the rule set to the genomic profiles of individuals to determine phenotype profiles for the individuals; and e) code that generates reports for each individual.

Another aspect of the present invention is transmission over a network, in a secure or non-secure manner, the methods and systems described above.

INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

All publications and patent applications mentioned in this specification are herein incorporated by reference to the same extent as if each individual publication or patent application was specifically and individually indicated to be incorporated by reference.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a flow chart illustrating aspects of the method herein.

FIG. 2 is an example of a genomic DNA quality control measure.

FIG. 3 is an example of a hybridization quality control measure.

FIG. 4 are tables of representative genotype correlations from published literature with test SNPs and effect estimates. A-I) represents single locus genotype correlations; J) respresents a two locus genotype correlation; K) represents a three locus genotype correlation; L) is an index of the ethnicity and country abbreviations used in A-K; M) is an index of the abbreviations of the Short Phenotype Names in A-K, the heritability, and the references for the heritability.

FIG. 5A-J are tables of representative genotype correlations with effect estimates.

FIG. 6A-F are tables of representative genotype correlations and estimated relative risks.

FIG. 7 is a sample report.

FIG. 8 is a schematic of a system for the analysis and transmission of genomic and phenotype profiles over a network.

FIG. 9 is a flow chart illustrating aspects of the business method herein

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The present invention provides methods and systems for generating phenotype profiles based on a stored genomic profile of an individual or group of individuals, and for readily generating original and updated phenotype profiles based on the stored genomic profiles. Genomic profiles are generated by determining genotypes from biological samples obtained from individuals. Biological samples obtained from individuals may be any sample from which a genetic sample may be derived. Samples may be from buccal swabs, saliva, blood, hair, or any other type of tissue sample. Genotypes may then be determined from the biological samples. Genotypes may be any genetic variant or biological marker, for example, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), haplotypes, or sequences of the genome. The genotype may be the entire genomic sequence of an individual. The genotypes may result from high-throughput analysis that generates thousands or millions of data points, for example, microarray analysis for most or all of the known SNPs. In other embodiments, genotypes may also be determined by high throughput sequencing.

The genotypes form a genomic profile for an individual. The genomic profile is stored digitally and is readily accessed at any point of time to generate phenotype profiles. Phenotype profiles are generated by applying rules that correlate or associate genotypes with phenotypes. Rules can be made based on scientific research that demonstrates a correlation between a genotype and a phenotype. The correlations may be curated or validated by a committee of one or more experts. By applying the rules to a genomic profile of an individual, the association between an individual's genotype and a phenotype may be determined. The phenotype profile for an individual will have this determination. The determination may be a positive association between an individual's genotype and a given phenotype, such that the individual has the given phenotype, or will develop the phenotype. Alternatively, it may be determined that the individual does not have, or will not develop, a given phenotype. In other embodiments, the determination may be a risk factor, estimate, or a probability that an individual has, or will, develop a phenotype.

The determinations may be made based on a number of rules, for example, a plurality of rules may be applied to a genomic profile to determine the association of an individual's genotype with a specific phenotype. The determinations may also incorporate factors that are specific to an individual, such as ethnicity, gender, lifestyle, age, environment, family medical history, personal medical history, and other known phenotypes. The incorporation of the specific factors may be by modifying existing rules to encompass these factors. Alternatively, separate rules may be generated by these factors and applied to a phenotype determination for an individual after an existing rule has been applied.

Phenotypes may include any measurable trait or characteristic, such as susceptibility to a certain disease or response to a drug treatment. Other phenotypes that may be included are physical and mental traits, such as height, weight, hair color, eye color, sunburn susceptibility, size, memory, intelligence, level of optimism, and general disposition. Phenotypes may also include genetic comparisons to other individuals or organisms. For example, an individual may be interested in the similarity between their genomic profile and that of a celebrity. They may also have their genomic profile compared to other organisms such as bacteria, plants, or other animals.

Together, the collection of correlated phenotypes determined for an individual comprises the phenotype profile for the individual. The phenotype profile may be accessible by an on-line portal. Alternatively, the phenotype profile as it exists at a certain time may be provided in paper form, with subsequent updates also provided in paper form. The phenotype profile may also be provided by an on-line portal. The on-line portal may optionally be a secure on-line portal. Access to the phenotype profile may be provided to a subscriber, which is an individual who subscribes to the service that generates rules on correlations between phenotypes and genotypes, determines the genomic profile of an individual, applies the rules to the genomic profile, and generates a phenotype profile of the individual. Access may also be provided to non-subscribers, wherein they may have limited access to their phenotype profile and/or reports, or may have an initial report or phenotype profile generated, but updated reports will be generated only with purchase of a subscription. Health care managers and providers, such as caregivers, physicians, and genetic counselors may also have access to the phenotype profile.

In another aspect of the invention the genomic profile may be generated for subscribers and non-subscribers and stored digitally but access to the phenotype profile and reports may be limited to subscribers. In another variation, both subscribers and non-subscribers may access their genotype and phenotype profiles, but have limited access, or have a limited report generated, for non-subscribers, whereas subscribers have full access and may have a full report generated. In another embodiment, both subscribers and non-subscribers may have full access initially, or full initial reports, but only subscribers may access updated reports based on their stored genomic profile.

There may also be a basic subscription model. A basic subscription may provide a phenotype profile where the subscriber may choose to apply all existing rules to their genomic profile, or a subset of the existing rules, to their genomihc profile. For example, they may choose to apply only the rules for disease phenotypes that are actionable. The basic subscription may have different levels within the subscription class. For example, different levels may be dependent on the number of phenotypes a subscriber wants correlated to their genomic profile, or the number of people that may access their phenotype profile. Another level of basic subscription may be to incorporate factors specific to an individual, such as already known phenotypes such as age, gender, or medical history, to their phenotype profile.

Subscribers may also generate reports that have their phenotype profile as well as information about the phenotypes, such as genetic and medical information about the phenotype. For example, the prevalence of the phenotype in the population, the genetic variant that was used for the correlation, the molecular mechanism that causes the phenotype, therapies for the phenotype, treatment options for the phenotype, and preventative actions, may be included in the report. In other embodiments, the reports may also include information such as the similarity between an individual's genotype and that of other individuals, such as celebrities or other famous people. The information on similarity may be, but are not limited to, percentage homology, number of identical variants, and phenotypes that may be similar.

The report may also provide links to other sites with further information on the phenotypes, links to on-line support groups and message boards of people with the same phenotype or one or more similar phenotypes, links to an on-line genetic counselor or physician, or links to schedule telephonic or in-person appointments with a genetic counselor or physician, if the report is accessed on-line. If the report is in paper form, the information may be the website location of the aforementioned links, or the telephone number and address of the genetic counselor or physician. The subscriber may also choose which phenotypes to include in their phenotype profile and what information to include in their report. The phenotype profile and reports may also be accessible by an individual's health care manager or provider, such as a caregiver, physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or genetic counselor. The subscriber may be able to choose whether the phenotype profile and reports, or portions thereof, are accessible by such individual's health care manager or provider.

The present invention may also include a premium level of subscription. The premium level of subscription maintains their genomic profile digitally after generation of an initial phenotype profile and report, and provides subscribers the opportunity to generate phenotype profiles and reports with updated correlations from the latest research. As research reveals new correlations between genotypes and phenotypes, new rules will be developed based on these new correlations and can be applied to the genomic profile that is already stored and being maintained. The new rules may correlate genotypes not previously correlated with any phenotype, correlate genotypes with new phenotypes, or modify existing correlations. Subscribers may be informed of new correlations via e-mail or other electronic means, and if the phenotype is of interest, they may choose to update their phenotype profile with the new correlation. Subscribers may choose a subscription where they pay for each update, or for a number of updates. Another subscription level may be where a subscriber has their phenotype profile automatically updated, instead of where the individual chooses when to update their phenotype profile, whenever a new rule is generated based on a new correlation.

In another aspect of the subscription, subscribers may refer non-subscribers to the service that generates rules on correlations between phenotypes and genotypes, determines the genomic profile of an individual, applies the rules to the genomic profile, and generates a phenotype profile of the individual. Referral by a subscriber may give the subscriber a reduced price on subscription to the service, or upgrades to their existing subscriptions. Referred individuals may have free access for a limited time or have a discounted subscription price.

Phenotype profiles and reports may be generated for individuals that are human and non-human. For example, individuals may include other mammals, such as bovines, equines, ovines, canines, or felines. Subscribers, as used herein, are human individuals who subscribe to a service by purchase or payment for one or more services. Services may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following: having their or another individual's, such as the subscriber's child or pet, genomic profile determined, obtaining a phenotype profile, having the phenotype profile updated, and obtaining reports based on their genomic and phenotype profile.

The term “biological sample” refers to any biological sample from which a genetic sample of an individual can be isolated. As used herein, a “genetic sample” refers to DNA and/or RNA obtained or derived from an individual.

As used herein, the term “genome” is intended to mean the full complement of chromosomal DNA found within the nucleus of a human cell. The term “genomic DNA” refers to one or more chromosomal DNA molecules occurring naturally in the nucleus of a human cell, or a portion of the chromosomal DNA molecules.

The term “genomic profile” refers to a set of information about an individual's genes, such as the presence or absence of specific SNPs or mutations. Genomic profiles include the genotypes of individuals. Genomic profiles may also be substantially the complete genomic sequence of an individual. In some embodiments, the genomic profile may be at least 60%, 80%, or 95% of the complete genomic sequence of an individual. The genomic profile may be approximately 100% of the complete genomic sequence of an individual. In reference to a genomic profile, “a portion thereof” refers to the genomic profile of a subset of the genomic profile of an entire genome.

The term “genotype” refers to the specific genetic makeup of an individual's DNA. The genotype may include the genetic variants and markers of an individual. Genetic markers and variants may include nucleotide repeats, nucleotide insertions, nucleotide deletions, chromosomal translocations, chromosomal duplications, or copy number variations. Copy number variation may include microsatellite repeats, nucleotide repeats, centromeric repeats, or telomeric repeats. The genotypes may also be SNPs, haplotypes, or diplotypes. A haplotype may refer to a locus or an allele. A haplotype is also referred to as a set of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on a single chromatid that are statistically associated. A diplotype is a set of haplotypes.

The term single nucleotide polymorphism or “SNP” refers to a particular locus on a chromosome which exhibits variability such as at least one percent (1%) with respect to the identity of the nitrogenous base present at such locus within the human population. For example, where one individual might have adenosine (A) at a particular nucleotide position of a given gene, another might have cytosine (C), guanine (G), or thymine (T) at this position, such that there is a SNP at that particular position.

As used herein, the terminology “SNP genomic profile” refers to the base content of a given individual's DNA at SNP sites throughout the individual's entire genomic DNA sequence. A “SNP profile” can refer to an entire genomic profile, or may refer to a portion thereof, such as a more localized SNP profile which can be associated with a particular gene or set of genes.

The term “phenotype” is used to describe a quantitative trait or characteristic of an individual. Phenotypes include, but are not limited to, medical and non-medical conditions. Medical conditions include diseases and disorders. Phenotypes may also include physical traits, such as hair color, physiological traits, such as lung capacity, mental traits, such as memory retention, emotional traits, such as ability to control anger, ethnicity, such as ethnic background, ancestry, such as an individual's place of origin, and age, such as age expectancy or age of onset of different phenotypes. Phenotypes may also be monogenic, wherein it is thought that one gene may be correlated with a phenotype, or multigenic, wherein more than one gene is correlated with a phenotype.

A “rule” is used to define the correlation between a genotype and a phenotype. The rules may define the correlations by a numerical value, for example by a percentage, risk factor, or confidence score. A rule may incorporate the correlations of a plurality of genotypes with a phenotype. A “rule set” comprises more than one rule. A “new rule” may be a rule that indicates a correlation between a genotype and a phenotype for which a rule does not currently exist. A new rule may correlate an uncorrelated genotype with a phenotype. A new rule may also correlate a genotype that is already correlated with a phenotype to a phenotype it had not been previously correlated to. A “new rule” may also be an existing rule that is modified by other factors, including another rule. An existing rule may be modified due to an individual's known characteristics, such as ethnicity, ancestry, geography, gender, age, family history, or other previously determined phenotypes.

Use of “genotype correlation” herein refers to the statistical correlation between an individual's genotype, such as presence of a certain mutation or mutations, and the likelihood of being predisposed to a phenotype, such as a particular disease, condition, physical state, and/or mental state. The frequency with which a certain phenotype is observed in the presence of a specific genotype determines the degree of genotype correlation or likelihood of a particular phenotype. For example, as detailed herein, SNPs giving rise to the apolipoprotein E4 isoform are correlated with being predisposed to early onset Alzheimer's disease. Genotype correlations may also refer to correlations wherein there is not a predisposition to a phenotype, or a negative correlation. The genotype correlations may also represent an estimate of an individual to have a phenotype or be predisposed to have a phenotype. The genotype correlation may be indicated by a numerical value, such as a percentage, a relative risk factor, an effects estimate, or confidence score.

The term “phenotype profile” refers to a collection of a plurality of phenotypes correlated with a genotype or genotypes of an individual. Phenotype profiles may include information generated by applying one or more rules to a genomic profile, or information about genotype correlations that are applied to a genomic profile. Phenotype profiles may be generated by applying rules that correlate a plurality of genotypes with a phenotype. The probability or estimate may be expressed as a numerical value, such as a percentage, a numerical risk factor or a numerical confidence interval. The probability may also be expressed as high, moderate, or low. The phenotype profiles may also indicate the presence or absence of a phenotype or the risk of developing a phenotype. For example, a phenotype profile may indicate the presence of blue eyes, or a high risk of developing diabetes. The phenotype profiles may also indicate a predicted prognosis, effectiveness of a treatment, or response to a treatment of a medical condition.

As used herein, the term “on-line portal” refers to a source of information which can be readily accessed by an individual through use of a computer and internet website, telephone, or other means that allow similar access to information. The on-line portal may be a secure website. The website may provide links to other secure and non-secure websites, for example links to a secure website with the individual's phenotype profile, or to non-secure websites such as a message board for individuals sharing a specific phenotype.

The practice of the present invention may employ, unless otherwise indicated, conventional techniques and descriptions of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and immunology, which are within the skill of the art. Such conventional techniques include nucleic acid isolation, polymer array synthesis, hybridization, ligation, and detection of hybridization using a label. Specific illustrations of suitable techniques are exemplified and referenced herein. However, other equivalent conventional procedures can also be used. Other conventional techniques and descriptions can be found in standard laboratory manuals and texts such as Genome Analysis: A Laboratory Manual Series (Vols. I-IV), PCR Primer: A Laboratory Manual, Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual (all from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press); Stryer, L. (1995) Biochemistry (4th Ed.) Freeman, N.Y.; Gait, “Oligonucleotide Synthesis: A Practical Approach” 1984, IRL Press, London, Nelson and Cox (2000); Lehninger, Principles of Biochemistry 3rd Ed., W. H. Freeman Pub., New York, N.Y.; and Berg et al. (2002) Biochemistry, 5th Ed., W. H. Freeman Pub., New York, N.Y., all of which are herein incorporated in their entirety by reference for all purposes.

The methods of the present invention involve analysis of an individual's genomic profile to provide the individual with molecular information relating to a phenotype. As detailed herein, the individual provides a genetic sample, from which a personal genomic profile is generated. The data of the individual's genomic profile is queried for genotype correlations by comparing the profile against a database of established and validated human genotype correlations. The database of established and validated genotype correlations may be from peer-reviewed literature and further judged by a committee of one or more experts in the field, such as geneticists, epidemiologists, or statisticians, and curated. In preferred embodiments, rules are made based on curated genotype correlations and are applied to an individual's genomic profile to generate a phenotype profile. Results of the analysis of the individual's genomic profile, phenotype profile, along with interpretation and supportive information, are provided to the individual of the individual's health care manager, to empower personalized choices for the individual's health care.

The method of the invention is detailed as in FIG. 1, where an individual's genomic profile is first generated. An individual's genomic profile will contain information about an individual's genes based on genetic variations or markers. Genetic variations are genotypes, which make up genomic profiles. Such genetic variations or markers include, but are not limited to, single nucleotide polymorphisms, single and/or multiple nucleotide repeats, single and/or multiple nucleotide deletions, microsatellite repeats (small numbers of nucleotide repeats with a typical 5-1,000 repeat units), di-nucleotide repeats, tri-nucleotide repeats, sequence rearrangements (including translocation and duplication), copy number variations (both loss and gains at specific loci), and the like. Other genetic variations include chromosomal duplications and translocations as well as centromeric and telomeric repeats.

Genotypes may also include haplotypes and diplotypes. In some embodiments, genomic profiles may have at least 100,000, 300,000, 500,000, or 1,000,000 genotypes. In some embodiments, the genomic profile may be substantially the complete genomic sequence of an individual. In other embodiments, the genomic profile is at least 60%, 80%, or 95% of the complete genomic sequence of an individual. The genomic profile may be approximately 100% of the complete genomic sequence of an individual. Genetic samples that contain the targets include, but are not limited to, unamplified genomic DNA or RNA samples or amplified DNA (or cDNA). The targets may be particular regions of genomic DNA that contain genetic markers of particular interest.

In step 102 of FIG. 1, a genetic sample of an individual is isolated from a biological sample of an individual. Such biological samples include, but are not limited to, blood, hair, skin, saliva, semen, urine, fecal material, sweat, buccal, and various bodily tissues. In some embodiments, tissues samples may be directly collected by the individual, for example, a buccal sample may be obtained by the individual taking a swab against the inside of their cheek. Other samples such as saliva, semen, urine, fecal material, or sweat, may also be supplied by the individual themselves. Other biological samples may be taken by a health care specialist, such as a phlebotomist, nurse or physician. For example, blood samples may be withdrawn from an individual by a nurse. Tissue biopsies may be performed by a health care specialist, and kits are also available to health care specialists to efficiently obtain samples. A small cylinder of skin may be removed or a needle may be used to remove a small sample of tissue or fluids.

In some embodiments, kits are provided to individuals with sample collection containers for the individual's biological sample. The kit may also provide instructions for an individual to directly collect their own sample, such as how much hair, urine, sweat, or saliva to provide. The kit may also contain instructions for an individual to request tissue samples to be taken by a health care specialist. The kit may include locations where samples may be taken by a third party, for example kits may be provided to health care facilities who in turn collect samples from individuals. The kit may also provide return packaging for the sample to be sent to a sample processing facility, where genetic material is isolated from the biological sample in step 104.

A genetic sample of DNA or RNA may be isolated from a biological sample according to any of several well-known biochemical and molecular biological methods, see, e.g., Sambrook, et al., Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York) (1989). There are also several commercially available kits and reagents for isolating DNA or RNA from biological samples, such as those available from DNA Genotek, Gentra Systems, Qiagen, Ambion, and other suppliers. Buccal sample kits are readily available commercially, such as the MasterAmp™ Buccal Swab DNA extraction kit from Epicentre Biotechnologies, as are kits for DNA extraction from blood samples such as Extract-N-Amp™ from Sigma Aldrich. DNA from other tissues may be obtained by digesting the tissue with proteases and heat, centrifuging the sample, and using phenol-chloroform to extract the unwanted materials, leaving the DNA in the aqueous phase. The DNA can then be further isolated by ethanol precipitation.

In a preferred embodiment, genomic DNA is isolated from saliva. For example, using DNA self collection kit technology available from DNA Genotek, an individual collects a specimen of saliva for clinical processing. The sample conveniently can be stored and shipped at room temperature. After delivery of the sample to an appropriate laboratory for processing, DNA is isolated by heat denaturing and protease digesting the sample, typically using reagents supplied by the collection kit supplier at 50° C. for at least one hour. The sample is next centrifuged, and the supernatant is ethanol precipitated. The DNA pellet is suspended in a buffer appropriate for subsequent analysis.

In another embodiment, RNA may be used as the genetic sample. In particular, genetic variations that are expressed can be identified from mRNA. The term “messenger RNA” or “mRNA” includes, but is not limited to pre-mRNA transcript(s), transcript processing intermediates, mature mRNA(s) ready for translation and transcripts of the gene or genes, or nucleic acids derived from the MRNA transcript(s). Transcript processing may include splicing, editing and degradation. As used herein, a nucleic acid derived from an mRNA transcript refers to a nucleic acid for whose synthesis the mRNA transcript or a subsequence thereof has ultimately served as a template. Thus, a cDNA reverse transcribed from an mRNA, a DNA amplified from the cDNA, an RNA transcribed from the amplified DNA, etc., are all derived from the MRNA transcript. RNA can be isolated from any of several bodily tissues using methods known in the art, such as isolation of RNA from unfractionated whole blood using the PAXgene™ Blood RNA System available from PreAnalytiX. Typically, mRNA will be used to reverse transcribe cDNA, which will then be used or amplified for gene variation analysis.

Prior to genomic profile analysis, a genetic sample will typically be amplified, either from DNA or cDNA reverse transcribed from RNA. DNA can be amplified by a number of methods, many of which employ PCR. See, for example, PCR Technology: Principles and Applications for DNA Amplification (Ed. H. A. Erlich, Freeman Press, NY, N.Y., 1992); PCR Protocols: A Guide to Methods and Applications (Eds. Innis, et al., Academic Press, San Diego, Calif., 1990); Mattila et al., Nucleic Acids Res. 19, 4967 (1991); Eckert et al., PCR Methods and Applications 1, 17 (1991); PCR (Eds. McPherson et al., IRL Press, Oxford); and U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,683,202, 4,683,195, 4,800,159 4,965,188, and 5,333,675, and each of which is incorporated herein by reference in their entireties for all purposes.

Other suitable amplification methods include the ligase chain reaction (LCR) (for example, Wu and Wallace, Genomics 4, 560 (1989), Landegren et al., Science 241, 1077 (1988) and Barringer et al. Gene 89:117 (1990)), transcription amplification (Kwoh et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 86:1173-1177 (1989) and WO88/10315), self-sustained sequence replication (Guatelli et al., Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 87:1874-1878 (1990) and WO90/06995), selective amplification of target polynucleotide sequences (U.S. Pat. No. 6,410,276), consensus sequence primed polymerase chain reaction (CP—PCR) (U.S. Pat. No. 4,437,975), arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction (AP—PCR) (U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,413,909, 5,861,245) nucleic acid based sequence amplification (NABSA), rolling circle amplification (RCA), multiple displacement amplification (MDA) (U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,124,120 and 6,323,009) and circle-to-circle amplification (C2CA) (Dahl et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci 101:4548-4553 (2004)). (See, U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,409,818, 5,554,517, and 6,063,603, each of which is incorporated herein by reference). Other amplification methods that may be used are described in, U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,242,794, 5,494,810, 5,409,818, 4,988,617, 6,063,603 and 5,554,517 and in U.S. Ser. No. 09/854,317, each of which is incorporated herein by reference.

Generation of a genomic profile in step 106 is performed using any of several methods. Several methods are known in the art to identify genetic variations and include, but are not limited to, DNA sequencing by any of several methodologies, PCR based methods, fragment length polymorphism assays (restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP), cleavage fragment length polymorphism (CFLP)) hybridization methods using an allele-specific oligonucleotide as a template (e.g., TaqMan PCR method, the invader method, the DNA chip method), methods using a primer extension reaction, mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS method), and the like.

In one embodiment, a high density DNA array is used for SNP identification and profile generation. Such arrays are commercially available from Affymetrix and Illumina (see Affymetrix GeneChip® 500K Assay Manual, Affymetrix, Santa Clara, Calif. (incorporated by reference); Sentrix® humanHap650Y genotyping beadchip, Illumina, San Diego, Calif.).

For example, a SNP profile can be generated by genotyping more than 900,000 SNPs using the Affymetrix Genome Wide Human SNP Array 6.0. Alternatively, more than 500,000 SNPs through whole-genome sampling analysis may be determined by using the Affymetrix GeneChip Human Mapping 500K Array Set. In these assays, a subset of the human genome is amplified through a single primer amplification reaction using restriction enzyme digested, adaptor-ligated human genomic DNA. As shown in FIG. 2, the concentration of the ligated DNA may then be determined. The amplified DNA is then fragmented and the quality of the sample determined prior to continuing with step 106. If the samples meet the PCR and fragmentation standards, the sample is denatured, labeled, and then hybridized to a microarray consisting of small DNA probes at specific locations on a coated quartz surface. The amount of label that hybridizes to each probe as a function of the amplified DNA sequence is monitored, thereby yielding sequence information and resultant SNP genotyping.

Use of the Affymetrix GeneChip 500K Assay is carried out according to the manufacturer's directions. Briefly, isolated genomic DNA is first digested with either a NspI or StyI restriction endonuclease. The digested DNA is then ligated with a NspI or StyI adaptor oligonucleotide that respectively anneals to either the NspI or StyI restricted DNA. The adaptor-containing DNA following ligation is then amplified by PCR to yield amplified DNA fragments between about 200 and 1100 base pairs, as confirmed by gel electrophoresis. PCR products that meet the amplification standard are purified and quantified for fragmentation. The PCR products are fragmented with DNase I for optimal DNA chip hybridization. Following fragmentation, DNA fragments should be less than 250 base pairs, and on average, about 180 base pairs, as confirmed by gel electrophoresis. Samples that meet the fragmentation standard are then labeled with a biotin compound using terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase. The labeled fragments are next denatured and then hybridized into a GeneChip 250K array. Following hybridization, the array is stained prior to scanning in a three step process consisting of a streptavidin phycoerythin (SAPE) stain, followed by an antibody amplification step with a biotinylated, anti-streptavidin antibody (goat), and final stain with streptavidin phycoerythin (SAPE). After labeling, the array is covered with an array holding buffer and then scanned with a scanner such as the Affymetrix GeneChip Scanner 3000.

Analysis of data following scanning of an Affymetrix GeneChip Human Mapping 500K Array Set is performed according to the manufacturer's guidelines, as shown in FIG. 3. Briefly, acquisition of raw data using GeneChip Operating Software (GCOS) occurs. Data may also be aquired using Affymetrix GeneChip Command Console™. The aquisition of raw data is followed by analysis with GeneChip Genotyping Analysis Software (GTYPE). For purposes of the present invention, samples with a GTYPE call rate of less than 80% are excluded. Samples are then examined with BRLMM and/or SNiPer algorithm analyses. Samples with a BRLMM call rate of less than 95% or a SNiPer call rate of less than 98% are excluded. Finally, an association analysis is performed, and samples with a SNiPer quality index of less than 0.45 and/or a Hardy-Weinberg p-value of less than 0.00001 are excluded.

As an alternative to or in addition to DNA microarray analysis, genetic variations such as SNPs and mutations can be detected by DNA sequencing. DNA sequencing may also be used to sequence a substantial portion, or the entire, genomic sequence of an individual. Traditionally, common DNA sequencing has been based on polyacrylamide gel fractionation to resolve a population of chain-terminated fragments (Sanger et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 74:5463-5467 (1977)). Alternative methods have been and continue to be developed to increase the speed and ease of DNA sequencing. For example, high throughput and single molecule sequencing platforms are commercially available or under development from 454 Life Sciences (Branford, Conn.) (Margulies et al., Nature (2005) 437:376-380 (2005)); Solexa (Hayward, Calif.); Helicos BioSciences Corporation (Cambridge, Mass.) (U.S. application Ser. No. 11/167046, filed Jun. 23, 2005), and Li-Cor Biosciences (Lincoln, Nebr.) (U.S. application Ser. No. 11/118031, filed Apr. 29, 2005).

After an individual's genomic profile is generated in step 106, the profile is stored digitally in step 108, such profile may be stored digitally in a secure manner. The genomic profile is encoded in a computer readable format to be stored as part of a data set and may be stored as a database, where the genomic profile may be “banked”, and can be accessed again later. The data set comprises a plurality of data points, wherein each data point relates to an individual. Each data point may have a plurality of data elements. One data element is the unique identifier, used to identify the individual's genomic profile. It may be a bar code. Another data element is genotype information, such as the SNPs or nucleotide sequence of the individual's genome. Data elements corresponding to the genotype information may also be included in the data point. For example, if the genotype information includes SNPs identified by microarray analysis, other data elements may include the microarray SNP identification number, the SNP rs number, and the polymorphic nucleotide. Other data elements may be chromosome position of the genotype information, quality metrics of the data, raw data files, images of the data, and extracted intensity scores.

The individual's specific factors such as physical data, medical data, ethnicity, ancestry, geography, gender, age, family history, known phenotypes, demographic data, exposure data, lifestyle data, behavior data, and other known phenotypes may also be incorporated as data elements. The specific factors may be obtained from a questionnaire or from a health care manager of the individual. Information from the “banked” profile can then be accessed and utilized as desired. For example, in the initial assessment of an individual's genotype correlations, the individual's entire information (typically SNPs or other genomic sequences across, or taken from an entire genome) will be analyzed for genotype correlations. In subsequent analyses, either the entire information can be accessed, or a portion thereof, from the stored, or banked genomic profile, as desired or appropriate.

Comparison of Genomic Profile with Database of Genotype Correlations.

In step 110, genotype correlations are obtained from scientific literature. Genotype correlations for genetic variations are determined from analysis of a population of individuals who have been tested for the presence or absence of one or more phenotypic traits of interest and for genotype profile. The alleles of each genetic variation or polymorphism in the profile are then reviewed to determine whether the presence or absence of a particular allele is associated with a trait of interest. Correlation can be performed by standard statistical methods and statistically significant correlations between genetic variations and phenotypic characteristics are noted. For example, it may be determined that the presence of allele A1 at polymorphism A correlates with heart disease. As a further example, it might be found that the combined presence of allele A1 at polymorphism A and allele B1 at polymorphism B correlates with increased risk of cancer. The results of the analyses may be published in peer-reviewed literature, validated by other research groups, and/or analyzed by a committee of experts, such as geneticists, statisticians, epidemiologists, and physicians, and may also be curated.

In FIGS. 4, 5, and 6 are examples of correlations between genotypes and phenotypes from which rules to be applied to genomic profiles may be based. For example, in FIGS. 4A and B, each row corresponds to a phenotype/locus/ethnicity, wherein FIGS. 4C through I contains further information about the correlations for each of these rows. As an example, in FIG. 4A, the “Short Phenotype Name” of BC, as noted in FIG. 4M, an index for the names of the short phenotypes, is an abbreviation for breast cancer. In row BC_4, which is the generic name for the locus, the gene LSP1 is correlated to breast cancer. The published or functional SNP identified with this correlation is rs3817198, as shown in FIG. 4C, with the published risk allele being C, the nonrisk allele being T. The published SNP and alleles are identified through publications such as seminal publications as in FIGS. 4E-G. In the example of LSP1 in FIG. 4E, the seminal publication is Easton et al., Nature 447:713-720 (2007).

Alternatively, the correlations may be generated from the stored genomic profiles. For example, individuals with stored genomic profiles may also have known phenotype information stored as well. Analysis of the stored genomic profiles and known phenotypes may generate a genotype correlation. As an example, 250 individuals with stored genomic profiles also have stored information that they have previously been diagnosed with diabetes. Analysis of their genomic profiles is performed and compared to a control group of individuals without diabetes. It is then determined that the individuals previously diagnosed with diabetes have a higher rate of having a particular genetic variant compared to the control group, and a genotype correlation may be made between that particular genetic variant and diabetes.

In step 112, rules are made based on the validated correlations of genetic variants to particular phenotypes. Rules may be generated based on the genotypes and phenotypes correlated as listed in Table 1, for example. Rules based on correlations may incorporate other factors such as gender (e.g. FIG. 4) or ethnicity (FIGS. 4 and 5), to generate effects estimates, such as those in FIGS. 4 and 5. Other measures resulting from rules may be estimated relative risk increase such as in FIG. 6. The effects estimates and estimated relative risk increase may be from the published literature, or calculated from the published literature. Alternatively, the rules may be based on correlations generated from stored genomic profiles and previously known phenotypes.

In a preferred embodiment, the genetic variants will be SNPs. While SNPs occur at a single site, individuals who carry a particular SNP allele at one site often predictably carry specific SNP alleles at other sites. A correlation of SNPs and an allele predisposing an individual to disease or condition occurs through linkage disequilibrium, in which the non-random association of alleles at two or more loci occur more or less frequently in a population than would be expected from random formation through recombination.

Other genetic markers or variants, such as nucleotide repeats or insertions, may also be in linkage disequilibrium with genetic markers that have been shown to be associated with specific phenotypes. For example, a nucleotide insertion is correlated with a phenotype and a SNP is in linkage disequilibrium with the nucleotide insertion. A rule is made based on the correlation between the SNP and the phenotype. A rule based on the correlation between the nucleotide insertion and the phenotype may also be made. Either rules or both rules may be applied to a genomic profile, as the presence of one SNP may give a certain risk factor, the other may give another risk factor, and when combined may increase the risk.

Through linkage disequilibrium, a disease predisposing allele cosegregates with a particular allele of a SNP or a combination of particular alleles of SNPs. A particular combination of SNP alleles along a chromosome is termed a haplotype, and the DNA region in which they occur in combination can be referred to as a haplotype block. While a haplotype block can consist of one SNP, typically a haplotype block represents a contiguous series of 2 or more SNPs exhibiting low haplotype diversity across individuals and with generally low recombination frequencies. An identification of a haplotype can be made by identification of one or more SNPs that lie in a haplotype block. Thus, a SNP profile typically can be used to identify haplotype blocks without necessarily requiring identification of all SNPs in a given haplotype block.

Genotype correlations between SNP haplotype patterns and diseases, conditions or physical states are increasingly becoming known. For a given disease, the haplotype patterns of a group of people known to have the disease are compared to a group of people without the disease. By analyzing many individuals, frequencies of polymorphisms in a population can be determined, and in turn these frequencies or genotypes can be associated with a particular phenotype, such as a disease or a condition. Examples of known SNP-disease correlations include polymorphisms in Complement Factor H in age-related macular degeneration (Klein et al., Science: 308:385-389, (2005)) and a variant near the INSIG2 gene associated with obesity (Herbert et al., Science: 312:279-283 (2006)). Other known SNP correlations include polymorphisms in the 9p21 region that includes CDKN2A and B, such as ) such as rs10757274, rs2383206, rs13333040, rs2383207, and rs10116277 correlated to myocardial infarction (Helgadottir et al., Science 316:1491-1493 (2007); McPherson et al., Science 316:1488-1491 (2007))

The SNPs may be functional or non-functional. For example, a functional SNP has an effect on a cellular function, thereby resulting in a phenotype, whereas a non-functional SNP is silent in function, but may be in linkage disequilibrium with a functional SNP. The SNPs may also be synonymous or non-synonymous. SNPs that are synonymous are SNPs in which the different forms lead to the same polypeptide sequence, and are non-functional SNPs. If the SNPs lead to different polypetides, the SNP is non-synonymous and may or may not be functional. SNPs, or other genetic markers, used to identify haplotypes in a diplotype, which is 2 or more haplotypes, may also be used to correlate phenotypes associated with a diplotype. Information about an individual's haplotypes, diplotypes, and SNP profiles may be in the genomic profile of the individual.

In preferred embodiments, for a rule to be generated based on a genetic marker in linkage disequilibrium with another genetic marker that is correlated with a phenotype, the genetic marker may have a r2 or D′ score, scores commonly used in the art to determine linkage disequilibrium, of greater than 0.5. In preferred embodiments, the score is greater than 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 0.90, 0.95 or 0.99. As a result, in the present invention, the genetic marker used to correlate a phenotype to an individual's genomic profile may be the same as the functional or published SNP correlated to a phenotype, or different. For example, using BC_4, the test SNP and published SNP are the same, as are the test risk and nonrisk alleles are the same as the published risk and nonrisk alleles (FIGS. 4A and C). However, for BC_5, CASP8 and its correlation to breast cancer, the test SNP is different from its functional or published SNP, as are the test risk and nonrisk alleles to the published risk and nonrisk alleles. The test and published alleles are oriented relative to the plus strand of the genome, and from these columns, it can be inferred the homozygous risk or nonrisk genotype, which may generate a rule to be applied to the genomic profile of individuals such as subscribers.

The test SNPs may be “DIRECT” or “TAG” SNPs (FIGS. 4E-G, FIG. 5). Direct SNPs are the test SNPs that are the same as the published or functional SNP, such as for BC_4. Direct SNPs may also be used for FGFR2 correlation with breast cancer, using the SNP rs1073640 in Europeans and Asians, where the minor allele is A and the other allele is G (Easton et al., Nature 447:1087-1093 (2007)). Another published or functional SNP for FGFR2 correlation to breast cancer is rs1219648, also in Europeans and Asians (Hunter et al., Nat. Genet. 39:870-874 (2007)). Tag SNPs are where the test SNP is different from that of the functional or published SNP, as in for BC_5. Tag SNPs may also be used for other genetic variants such as SNPs for CAMTA1 (rs4908449), 9p21 (rs10757274, rs2383206, rs13333040, rs2383207, rs10116277), COL1A1 (rs1800012), FVL (rs6025), HLA-DQA1 (rs4988889, rs2588331), eNOS (rs1799983), MTHFR (rs1801133), and APC (rs28933380).

Databases of SNPs are publicly available from, for example, the International HapMap Project (see www.hapmap.org, The International HapMap Consortium, Nature 426:789-796 (2003), and The International HapMap Consortium, Nature 437:1299-1320 (2005)), the Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) public database (see www.hgmd.org), and the Single Nucleotide Polymorphism database (dbSNP) (see www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/SNP/). These databases provide SNP haplotypes, or enable the determination of SNP haplotype patterns. Accordingly, these SNP databases enable examination of the genetic risk factors underlying a wide range of diseases and conditions, such as cancer, inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and infectious diseases. The diseases or conditions may be actionable, in which treatments and therapies currently exist. Treatments may include prophylactic treatments as well as treatments that ameliorate symptoms and conditions, including lifestyle changes.

Many other phenotypes such as physical traits, physiological traits, mental traits, emotional traits, ethnicity, ancestry, and age may also be examined. Physical traits may include height, hair color, eye color, body, or traits such as stamina, endurance, and agility. Mental traits may include intelligence, memory performance, or learning performance. Ethnicity and ancestry may include identification of ancestors or ethnicity, or where an individual's ancestors originated from. The age may be a determination of an individual's real age, or the age in which an individual's genetics places them in relation to the general population. For example, an individual's real age is 38 years of age, however their genetics may determine their memory capacity or physical well-being may be of the average 28 year old. Another age trait may be a projected longevity for an individual.

Other phenotypes may also include non-medical conditions, such as “fun” phenotypes. These phenotypes may include comparisons to well known individuals, such as foreign dignitaries, politicians, celebrities, inventors, athletes, musicians, artists, business people, and infamous individuals, such as convicts. Other “fun” phenotypes may include comparisons to other organisms, such as bacteria, insects, plants, or non-human animals. For example, an individual may be interested to see how their genomic profile compares to that of their pet dog, or to a former president.

At step 114, the rules are applied to the stored genomic profile to generate a phenotype profile of step 116. For example, information in FIGS. 4, 5, or 6 may form the basis of rules, or tests, to apply to an individual's genomic profile. The rules may encompass the information on test SNP and alleles, and the effect estimates of FIG. 4, where the UNITS for effect estimate is the units of the effect estimate, such as OR, or odds-ratio (95% confidence interval) or mean. The effects estimate may be a genotypic risk (FIGS. 4C-G) in preferred embodiments, such as the risk for homozygotes (homoz or RR), risk heterozygotes (heteroz or RN), and nonrisk homozygotes (homoz or NN). In other embodiments, the effect estimate may be carrier risk, which is RR or RN vs NN. In yet other embodiments, the effect estimate may be based on the allele, an allelic risk such as R vs. N. There may also be two locus (FIG. 4J) or three locus (FIG. 4K) genotypic effect estimate (e.g. RRRR, RRNN, etc for the 9 possible genotype combinations for a two locus effect estimate). The test SNP frequency in the public HapMap is also noted in FIGS. 4H and I.

The phenotype profile of an individual may comprise a number of phenotypes. In particular, the assessment of a patient's risk of disease or other conditions such as likely drug response including metabolism, efficacy and/or safety, by the methods of the present invention allows for prognostic or diagnostic analysis of susceptibility to multiple, unrelated diseases and conditions, whether in symptomatic, presymptomatic or asymptomatic individuals, including carriers of one or more disease/condition predisposing alleles. Accordingly, these methods provide for general assessment of an individual's susceptibility to disease or condition without any preconceived notion of testing for a specific disease or condition. For example, the methods of the present invention allow for assessment of an individual's susceptibility to any of the several conditions listed in Tables 1, FIG. 4, 5, or 6, based on the individual's genomic profile. The assessment preferably provides information for 2 or more of these conditions, and more preferably, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 or even more of these conditions. In preferred embodiments, the phenotype profile results from the application of at least 20 rules to the genomic profile of an individual. In other embodiments, at least 50 rules are applied to the genomic profile of an individual. A single rule for a phenotype may be applied for monogenic phenotypes. More than one rule may also be applied for a single phenotype, such as a multigenic phenotype or a monogenic phenotype wherein multiple genetic variants within a single gene affects the probability of having the phenotype.

Following an initial screening of an individual patient's genomic profile, updates of an individual's genotype correlations are made (or are available) through comparisons to additional nucleotide variants, such as SNPs, when such additional nucleotide variants become known. For example, step 110 may be performed periodically, for example, daily, weekly, or monthly by one or more people of ordinary skill in the field of genetics, who scan scientific literature for new genotype correlations. The new genotype correlations may then be further validated by a committee of one or more experts in the field. Step 112 may then also be periodically updated with new rules based on the new validated correlations.

The new rule may encompass a genotype or phenotype without an existing rule. For example, a genotype not correlated with any phenotype is discovered to correlate with a new or existing phenotype. A new rule may also be for a correlation between a phenotype for which no genotype has previously been correlated to. New rules may also be determined for genotypes and phenotypes that have existing rules. For example, a rule based on the correlation between genotype A and phenotype A exists. New research reveals genotype B correlates with phenotype A, and a new rule based on this correlation is made. Another example is phenotype B is discovered to be associated with genotype A, and thus a new rule may be made.

Rules may also be made on discoveries based on known correlations but not initially identified in published scientific literature. For example, it may be reported genotype C is correlated with phenotype C. Another publication reports genotype D is correlated with phenotype D. Phenotype C and D are related symptoms, for example phenotype C may be shortness of breath, and phenotype D is small lung capacity. A correlation between genotype C and phenotype D, or genotype D with phenotype C, may be discovered and validated through statistical means with existing stored genomic profiles of individuals with genotypes C and D, and phenotypes C and D, or by further research. A new rule may then be generated based on the newly discovered and validated correlation. In another embodiment, stored genomic profiles of a number of individuals with a specific or related phenotype may be studied to determine a genotype common to the individuals, and a correlation may be determined. A new rule may be generated based on this correlation.

Rules may also be made to modify existing rules. For example, correlations between genotypes and phenotypes may be partly determined by a known individual characteristic, such as ethnicity, ancestry, geography, gender, age, family history, or any other known phenotypes of the individual. Rules based on these known individual characteristics may be made and incorporated into an existing rule, to provide a modified rule. The choice of modified rule to be applied will be dependent on the specific individual factor of an individual. For example, a rule may be based on the probability an individual who has phenotype E is 35% when the individual has genotype E. However, if an individual is of a particular ethnicity, the probability is 5%. A new rule may be generated based on this result and applied to individuals with that particular ethnicity. Alternatively, the existing rule with a determination of 35% may be applied, and then another rule based on ethnicity for that phenotype is applied. The rules based on known individual characteristics may be determined from scientific literature or determined based on studies of stored genomic profiles. New rules may be added and applied to genomic profiles in step 114, as the new rules are developed, or they may be applied periodically, such as at least once a year.

Information of an individual's risk of disease can also be expanded as technology advances allow for finer resolution SNP genomic profiles. As indicated above, an initial SNP genomic profile readily can be generated using microarray technology for scanning of 500,000 SNPs. Given the nature of haplotype blocks, this number allows for a representative profile of all SNPs in an individual's genome. Nonetheless, there are approximately 10 million SNPs estimated to occur commonly in the human genome (the International HapMap Project; www.hapmap.org). As technological advances allow for practical, cost-efficient resolution of SNPs at a finer level of detail, such as microarrays of 1,000,000, 1,500,000, 2,000,000, 3,000,000, or more SNPs, or whole genomic sequencing, more detailed SNP genomic profiles can be generated. Likewise, cost-efficient analysis of finer SNP genomic profiles and updates to the master database of SNP-disease correlations will be enabled by advances in computational analytical methodology.

After generation of phenotype profile at step 116, a subscriber or their health care manager may access their genomic or phenotype profiles via an on-line portal or website as in step 118. Reports containing phenotype profiles and other information related to the phenotype and genomic profiles may also be provided to the subscriber or their health care manager, as in steps 120 and 122. The reports may be printed, saved on the subscriber's computer, or viewed on-line.

A sample on-line report is shown in FIG. 7. The subscriber may choose to display a single phenotype, or more than one phenotype. The subscriber may also have different viewing options, for example, as shown in FIG. 7, a “Quick View” option. The phenotype may be a medical condition and different treatments and symptoms in the quick report may link to other web pages that contain further information about the treatment. For example, by clicking on a drug, it will lead to website that contains information about dosages, costs, side effects, and effectiveness. It may also compare the drug to other treatments. The website may also contain a link leading to the drug manufacturer's website. Another link may provide an option for the subscriber to have a pharmacogenomic profile generated, which would include information such as their likely response to the drug based on their genomic profile. Links to alternatives to the drug may also be provided, such as preventative action such as fitness and weight loss, and links to diet supplements, diet plans, and to nearby health clubs may also be provided.

The on-line report may also provide links to schedule in-person physician or genetic counseling appointments or to access an on-line genetic counselor or physician, providing the opportunity for a subscriber to ask for more information regarding their phenotype profile. Links to on-line genetic counseling and physician questions may also be provided on the on-line report.

Reports may also be viewed in other formats such as a comprehensive view for a single phenotype, wherein more detail for each category is provided. For example, there may be more detailed statistics about the likelihood of the subscriber developing the phenotype, more information about the typical symptoms or phenotypes, such as sample symptoms for a medical condition, or the range of a physical non-medical condition such as height, or more information about the gene and genetic variant, such as the population incidence, for example in the world, or in different countries, or in different age ranges or genders. In another embodiment, the report may be of a “fun” phenotype, such as the similarity of an individual's genomic profile to that of a famous individual, such as Albert Einstein. The report may display a percentage similarity between the individual's genomic profile to that of Einstein's, and may further display a predicted IQ of Einstein and that of the individual's. Further information may include how the genomic profile of the general population and their IQ compares to that of the individual's and Einstein's.

In another embodiment, the report may display all phenotypes that have been correlated to the subscriber's genomic profile. In other embodiments, the report may display only the phenotypes that are positively correlated with an individual's genomic profile. In other formats, the individual may choose to display certain subgroups of phenotypes, such as only medical phenotypes, or only actionable medical phenotypes. For example, actionable phenotypes and their correlated genotypes, may include Crohn's disease (correlated with IL23R and CARD 15), Type 1 diabetes (correlated with HLA-DR/DQ), lupus (correlated HLA-DRB1), psoriasis (HLA-C), multiple sclerosis (HLA-DQA1), Graves disease (HLA-DRB1), rheumatoid arthritis (HLA-DRB1), Type 2 diabetes (TCF7L2), breast cancer (BRCA2), colon cancer (APC), episodic memory (KIBRA), and osteoporosis (COL1A1). The individual may also choose to display subcategories of phenotypes in their report, such as only inflammatory diseases for medical conditions, or only physical traits for non-medical conditions.

Information submitted by and conveyed to an individual may be secure and confidential, and access to such information may be controlled by the individual. Information derived from the complex genomic profile may be supplied to the individual as regulatory agency approved, understandable, medically relevant and/or high impact data. Information may also be of general interest, and not medically relevant. Information can be securely conveyed to the individual by several means including, but not restricted to, a portal interface and/or mailing. More preferably, information is securely (if so elected by the individual) provided to the individual by a portal interface, to which the individual has secure and confidential access. Such an interface is preferably provided by on-line, internet website access, or in the alternative, telephone or other means that allow private, secure, and readily available access. The genomic profiles, phenotype profiles, and reports are provided to an individual or their health care manager by transmission of the data over a network.

Accordingly, FIG. 8 is a block diagram showing a representative example logic device through which a phenotype profile and report may be generated. FIG. 8 shows a computer system (or digital device) 800 to receive and store genomic profiles, analyze genotype correlations, generate rules based on the analysis of genotype correlations, apply the rules to the genomic profiles, and produce a phenotype profile and report. The computer system 800 may be understood as a logical apparatus that can read instructions from media 811 and/or network port 805, which can optionally be connected to server 809 having fixed media 812. The system shown in FIG. 5 includes CPU 801, disk drives 803, optional input devices such as keyboard 815 and/or mouse 816 and optional monitor 807. Data communication can be achieved through the indicated communication medium to a server 809 at a local or a remote location. The communication medium can include any means of transmitting and/or receiving data. For example, the communication medium can be a network connection, a wireless connection or an internet connection. Such a connection can provide for communication over the World Wide Web. It is envisioned that data relating to the present invention can be transmitted over such networks or connections for reception and/or review by a party 822. The receiving party 822 can be but is not limited to an individual, a subscriber, a health care provider or a health care manager. In one embodiment, a computer-readable medium includes a medium suitable for transmission of a result of an analysis of a biological sample or a genotype correlation. The medium can include a result regarding a phenotype profile of an individual subject, wherein such a result is derived using the methods described herein.

A personal portal will preferably serve as the primary interface with an individual for receiving and evaluating genomic data. A portal will enable individuals to track the progress of their sample from collection through testing and results. Through portal access, individuals are introduced to relative risks for common genetic disorders based on their genomic profile. The subscriber may choose which rules to apply to their genomic profile through the portal.

In one embodiment, one or more web pages will have a list of phenotypes and next to each phenotype a box in which a subscriber may select to include in their phenotype profile. The phenotypes may be linked to information on the phenotype, to help the subscriber make an informed choice about the phenotype they want included in their phenotype profile. The webpage may also have phenotypes organized by disease groups, for example as actionable diseases or not. For example, a subscriber may choose actionable phenotypes only, such as HLA-DQA1 and celiac disease. The subscriber may also choose to display pre or post symptomatic treatments for the phenotypes. For example, the individual may choose actionable phenotypes with pre-symptomatic treatments (outside of increased screening), for celiac disease, a pre-symptomatic treatment of gluten free diet. Another example may be Alzheimer's, the pre-symptomatic treatment of statins, exercise, vitamins, and mental activity. Thrombosis is another example, with a pre-symptomatic treatment of avoid oral contraceptives and avoid sitting still for long periods of time. An example of a phenotype with an approved post symptomatic treatment is wet AMD, correlated with CFH, wherein individuals may obtain laser treatment for their condition.

The phenotypes may also be organized by type or class of disease or conditions, for example neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, immunological, and so forth. Phenotypes may also be grouped as medical and non-medical phenotypes. Other groupings of phenotypes on the webpage may be by physical traits, physiological traits, mental traits, or emotional traits. The webpage may further provide a section in which a group of phenotypes are chosen by selection of one box. For example, a selection for all phenotypes, only medically relevant phenotypes, only non-medically relevant phenotypes, only actionable phenotypes, only non-actionable phenotypes, different disease group, or “fun” phenotypes. “Fun” phenotypes may include comparisons to celebrities or other famous individuals, or to other animals or even other organisms. A list of genomic profiles available for comparison may also be provided on the webpage for selection by the subscriber to compare to the subscriber's genomic profile.

The on-line portal may also provide a search engine, to help the subscriber navigate the portal, search for a specific phenotype, or search for specific terms or information revealed by their phenotype profile or report. Links to access partner services and product offerings may also be provided by the portal. Additional links to support groups, message boards, and chat rooms for individuals with a common or similar phenotype may also be provided. The on-line portal may also provide links to other sites with more information on the phenotypes in a subscriber's phenotype profile. The on-line portal may also provide a service to allow subscribers to share their phenotype profile and reports with friends, families, or health care managers. Subscribers may choose which phenotypes to show in the phenotype profile they want shared with their friends, families, or health care managers.

The phenotype profiles and reports provide a personalized genotype correlation to an individual. The genotype correlations provided to an individual can be used in determining personal health care and lifestyle choices. If a strong correlation is found between a genetic variant and a disease for which treatment is available, detection of the genetic variant may assist in deciding to begin treatment of the disease and/or monitoring of the individual. In the case where a statistically significant correlation exists but is not regarded as a strong correlation, an individual can review the information with a personal physician and decide an appropriate, beneficial course of action. Potential courses of action that could be beneficial to an individual in view of a particular genotype correlation include administration of therapeutic treatment, monitoring for potential need of treatment or effects of treatment, or making life-style changes in diet, exercise, and other personal habits/activities. For example, an actionable phenotype such as celiac disease may have a pre-symptomatic treatment of a gluten-free diet. Likewise, genotype correlation information could be applied through pharmacogenomics to predict the likely response an individual would have to treatment with a particular drug or regimen of drugs, such as the likely efficacy or safety of a particular drug treatment.

Subscribers may choose to provide the genomic and phenotype profiles to their health care managers, such as a physician or genetic counselor. The genomic and phenotype profiles may be directly accessed by the healthcare manager, by the subscriber printing out a copy to be given to the healthcare manager, or have it directly sent to the healthcare manager through the on-line portal, such as through a link on the on-line report.

Delivery of this pertinent information will empower patients to act in concert with their physician. In particular, discussions between patients and their physicians can be empowered through an individual's portal and links to medical information, and the ability to tie patient's genomic information into their medical records. Medical information may include prevention and wellness information. The information provided to the individual patient by the present invention will enable patients to make informed choices for their health care. In this manner, patients will be able to make choices that may help them avoid and/or delay diseases that their individual genomic profile (inherited DNA) makes more likely. In addition, patients will be able to employ a treatment regime that personally fits their specific medical needs. Individuals also will have the ability to access their genotype data should they develop an illness and need this information to help their physician form a therapeutic strategy.

Genotype correlation information could also be used in cooperation with genetic counseling to advise couples considering reproduction, and potential genetic concerns to the mother, father and/or child. Genetic counselors may provide information and support to subscribers with phenotype profiles that display an increased risk for specific conditions or diseases. They may interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence, and review available options with the subscriber. Genetic counselors may also provide supportive counseling refer subscribers to community or state support services.

An individual's portal will also facilitate delivery of additional information beyond an initial screening. Individuals will be informed about new scientific discoveries that relate to their personal genetic profile, such as information on new treatments or prevention strategies for their current or potential conditions. The new discoveries may also be delivered to their healthcare managers. In preferred embodiments, the subscribers, or their healthcare providers are informed of new genotype correlations and new research about the phenotypes in the subscriber's phenotype profiles, by e-mail. In other embodiments, e-mails of “fun” phenotypes are sent to subscribers, for example, an e-mail may inform them that their genomic profile is 77% identical to that of Abraham Lincoln and that further information is available via an on-line portal.

The present invention also provides a system of computer code for generating new rules, modifying rules, combining rules, periodically updating the rule set with new rules, maintaining a database of genomic profile securely, applying the rules to the genomic profiles to determine phenotype profiles, and for generating reports. Computer code for notifying subscribers of new or revised correlations new or revised rules, and new or revised reports, for example with new prevention and wellness information, information about new therapies in development, or new treatments available.

Business Method

The present invention provides a business method of assessing an individual's genotype correlations based on comparison of the patient's genome profile against a clinically-derived database of established, medically relevant nucleotide variants. The present invention further provides a business method for using the stored genomic profile of the individual for assessing new correlations that were not initially known, to generate updated phenotype profiles for an individual, without the requirement of the individual submitting another biological sample. A flow chart illustrating the business method is in FIG. 9.

A revenue stream for the subject business method is generated in part at step 101, when an individual initially requests and purchases a personalized genomic profile for genotype correlations for a multitude of common human diseases, conditions, and physical states. A request and purchase can be made through any number of sources, including but not limited to, an on-line web portal, an on-line health service, and an individual's personal physician or similar source of personal medical attention. In an alternative embodiment, the genomic profile may be provided free, and the revenue stream is generated at a later step, such as step 103.

A subscriber, or customer, makes a request for purchase of a phenotype profile. In response to a request and purchase, a customer is provided a collection kit for a biological sample used for genetic sample isolation at step 103. When a request is made on-line, by telephone, or other source in which a collection kit is not readily physically available to the customer, a collection kit is provided by expedited delivery, such as courier service that provides same-day or overnight delivery. Included in the collection kit is a container for a sample, as well as packaging materials for expedited delivery of the sample to a laboratory for genomic profile generation. The kit may also include instructions for sending the sample to the sample processing facility, or laboratory, and instructions for accessing their genomic profile and phenotype profile, which may occur through an on-line portal.

As detailed above, genomic DNA can be obtained from any of a number of types of biological samples. Preferably, genomic DNA is isolated from saliva, using a commercially available collection kit such as that available from DNA Genotek. Use of saliva and such a kit allows for a non-invasive sample collection, as the customer conveniently provides a saliva sample in a container from a collection kit and then seals the container. In addition, a saliva sample can be stored and shipped at room temperature.

After depositing a biological sample into a collection or specimen container, a customer will deliver the sample to a laboratory for processing at step 105. Typically, the customer may use packaging materials provided in the collection kit to deliver/send the sample to a laboratory by expedited delivery, such as same-day or overnight courier service.

The laboratory that processes the sample and generates the genomic profile may adhere to appropriate governmental agency guidelines and requirements. For example, in the United States, a processing laboratory may be regulated by one or more federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and/or one or more state agencies. In the United States, a clinical laboratory may be accredited or approved under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).

At step 107, the laboratory processes the sample as previously described to isolate the genetic sample of DNA or RNA. Analysis of the isolated genetic sample and generation of a genomic profile is then performed at step 109. Preferably, a genomic SNP profile is generated. As described above, several methodologies may be used to generate a SNP profile. Preferably, a high density array, such as the commercially available platforms from Affymetrix or Illumina, is used for SNP identification and profile generation. For example, a SNP profile may be generated using an Affymetrix GeneChip assay, as described above in more detail. As technology evolves, there may be other technology vendors who can generate high density SNP profiles. In another embodiment, a genomic profile for a subscriber will be the genomic sequence of the subscriber.

Following generation of an individual's genomic profile, the genotype data is preferably encrypted, imported at step 111, and deposited into a secure database or vault at step 113, where the information is stored for future reference. The genomic profile and related information may be confidential, with access to this proprietary information and the genomic profile limited as directed by the individual and/or his or her personal physician. Others, such as family and the genetic counselor of the individual may also be permitted access by the subscriber.

The database or vault may be located on-site with the processing laboratory. Alternatively, the database may be located at a separate location. In this scenario, the genomic profile data generated by the processing lab can be imported at step 111 to a separate facility that contains the database.

After an individual's genomic profile is generated, the individual's genetic variations are then compared against a clinically-derived database of established, medically relevant genetic variants in step 115. Alternatively, the genotype correlations may not be medically relevant but still incorporated into the database of genotype correlations, for example, physical traits such as eye color, or “fun” phenotypes such as genomic profile similarity to a celebrity.

The medically relevant SNPs may have been established through the scientific literature and related sources. The non-SNP genetic variants may also be established to be correlated with phenotypes. Generally, the correlation of SNPs to a given disease is established by comparing the haplotype patterns of a group of people known to have the disease to a group of people without the disease. By analyzing many individuals, frequencies of polymorphisms in a population can be determined, and in turn these genotype frequencies can be associated with a particular phenotype, such as a disease or a condition. Alternatively, the phenotype may be a non-medical condition.

The relevant SNPs and non-SNP genetic variants may also be determined through analysis of the stored genomic profiles of individuals rather than determined by available published literature. Individuals with stored genomic profiles may disclose phenotypes that have previously been determined. Analysis of the genotypes and disclosed phenotypes of the individuals may be compared to those without the phenotypes to determine a correlation that may then be applied to other genomic profiles. Individuals that have their genomic profiles determined may fill out questionnaires about phenotypes that have previously been determined. Questionnaires may contain questions about medical and non-medical conditions, such as diseases previously diagnosed, family history of medical conditions, lifestyle, physical traits, mental traits, age, social life, environment and the like.

In one embodiment, an individual may have their genomic profile determined free of charge if they fill out a questionnaire. In some embodiments, the questionnaires are to be filled out periodically by the individuals in order to have free access to their phenotype profile and reports. In other embodiments, the individuals that fill out the questionnaires may be entitled to a subscription upgrade, such that they have more access than their previous subscription level, or they may purchase or renew a subscription at a reduced cost.

All information deposited in the database of medically relevant genetic variants at step 121 is first approved by a research/clinical advisory board for scientific accuracy and importance, coupled with review and oversight by an appropriate governmental agency if warranted at step 119. For example, in the United States, the FDA may provide oversight through approval of algorithms used for validation of genetic variant (typically SNP, transcript level, or mutation) correlative data. At step 123, scientific literature and other relevant sources are monitored for additional genetic variant-disease or condition correlations, and following validation of their accuracy and importance, along with governmental agency review and approval, these additional genotype correlations are added to the master database at step 125.

The database of approved, validated medically-relevant genetic variants, coupled with a genome-wide individual profile, will advantageously allow genetic risk-assessment to be performed for a large number of diseases or conditions. Following compilation of an individual's genomic profile, individual genotype correlations can be determined through comparison of the individual's nucleotide (genetic) variants or markers with a database of human nucleotide variants that have been correlated to a particular phenotype, such as a disease, condition, or physical state. Through comparison of an individual's genomic profile to the master database of genotype correlations, the individual can be informed whether they are found to be positive or negative for a genetic risk factor, and to what degree. An individual will receive relative risk and/or predisposition data on a wide range of scientifically validated disease states (e.g., Alzheimer's, cardiovascular disease, blood clotting). For example, genotype correlations in Table 1 may be included. In addition, SNP disease correlations in the database may include, but are not limited to, those correlations shown in FIG. 4. Other correlations from FIGS. 5 and 6 may also be included. The subject business method therefore provides analysis of risk to a multitude of diseases and conditions without any preconceived notion of what those diseases and conditions might entail.

In other embodiments, the genotype correlations that are coupled to the genome wide individual profile are non-medically relevant phenotypes, such as “fun” phenotypes or physical traits such as hair color. In preferred embodiments, a rule or rule set is applied to the genomic profile or SNP profile of an individual, as described above. Application of the rules to a genomic profile generates a phenotype profile for the individual.

Accordingly, the master database of human genotype correlations is expanded with additional genotype correlations as new correlations become discovered and validated. An update can be made by accessing pertinent information from the individual's genomic profile stored in a database as desired or appropriate. For example, a new genotype correlation that becomes known may be based on a particular gene variant. Determination of whether an individual may be susceptible to that new genotype correlation can then be made by retrieving and comparing just that gene portion of the individual's entire genomic profile.

The results of the genomic query preferably are analyzed and interpreted so as to be presented to the individual in an understandable format. At step 117, the results of an initial screening are then provided to the patient in a secure, confidential form, either by mailing or through an on-line portal interface, as detailed above.

The report may contain the phenotype profile as well as genomic information about the phenotypes in the phenotype profile, for example basic genetics about the genes involved or the statistics of the genetic variants in different populations. Other information based on the phenotype profile that may be included in the report are prevention strategies, wellness information, therapies, symptom awareness, early detection schemes, intervention schemes, and refined identification and sub-classification of the phenotypes. Following an initial screening of an individual's genomic profile, controlled, moderated updates are or can be made.

Updates of an individual's genomic profile are made or are available in conjunction with updates to the master database as new genotype correlations emerge and are both validated and approved. New rules based on the new genotype correlations may be applied to the initial genomic profile to provide updated phenotype profiles. An updated genotype correlation profile can be generated by comparing the relevant portion of the individual's genomic profile to a new genotype correlation at step 127. For example, if a new genotype correlation is found based on variation in a particular gene, then that gene portion of the individual's genomic profile can be analyzed for the new genotype correlation. In such a case, one or more new rules may be applied to generate an updated phenotype profile, rather than an entire rule set with rules that had already been applied. The results of the individual's updated genotype correlations are provided in a secure manner at step 129.

Initial and updated phenotype profiles may be a service provided to subscribers or customers. Varying levels of subscriptions to genomic profile analysis and combinations thereof can be provided. Likewise, subscription levels can vary to provide individuals choices of the amount of service they wish to receive with their genotype correlations. Thus, the level of service provided would vary with the level of service subscription purchased by the individual.

An entry level subscription for a subscriber may include a genomic profile and an initial phenotype profile. This may be a basic subscription level. Within the basic subscription level may be varying levels of service. For example, a particular subscription level could provide references for genetic counseling, physicians with particular expertise in treating or preventing a particular disease, and other service options. Genetic counseling may be obtained on-line or by telephone. In another embodiment, the price of the subscription may depend on the number of phenotypes an individual chooses for their phenotype profile. Another option may be whether the subscriber chooses to access on-line genetic counseling.

In another scenario, a subscription could provide for an initial genome-wide, genotype correlation, with maintenance of the individual's genomic profile in a database; such database may be secure if so elected by the individual. Following this initial analysis, subsequent analyses and additional results could be made upon request and additional payment by the individual. This may be a premium level of subscription.

In one embodiment of the subject business method, updates of an individual's risks are performed and corresponding information made available to individuals on a subscription basis. The updates may be available to subscribers who purchase the premium level of subscription. Subscription to genotype correlation analysis can provide updates with a particular category or subset of new genotype correlations according to an individual's preferences. For example, an individual might only wish to learn of genotype correlations for which there is a known course of treatment or prevention. To aid an individual in deciding whether to have an additional analysis performed, the individual can be provided with information regarding additional genotype correlations that have become available. Such information can be conveniently mailed or e-mailed to a subscriber.

Within the premium subscription, there may be further levels of service, such as those mentioned in the basic subscription. Other subscription models may be provided within the premium level. For example, the highest level may provide a subscriber to unlimited updates and reports. The subscriber's profile may be updated as new correlations and rules are determined. At this level, subscribers may also permit access to unlimited number of individuals, such as family members and health care managers. The subscribers may also have unlimited access to on-line genetic counselors and physicians.

The next level of subscription within the premium level may provide more limited aspects, for example a limited number of updates. The subscriber may have a limited number of updates for their genomic profile within a subscription period, for example, 4 times a year. In another subscription level, the subscriber may have their stored genomic profile updated once a week, once a month, or once a year. In another embodiment, the subscriber may only have a limited number of phenotypes they may choose to update their genomic profile against.

A personal portal will also conveniently allow an individual to maintain a subscription to risk or correlation updates and information updates or alternatively, make requests for updated risk assessment and information. As described above, varying subscription levels could be provided to allow individuals choices of various levels of genotype correlation results and updates and may different subscription levels may be chosen by the subscriber via their personal portal.

Any of these subscription options will contribute to the revenue stream for the subject business method. The revenue stream for the subject business method will also be added by the addition of new customers and subscribers, wherein the new genomic profiles are added to the database.

TABLE 1 Representative genes having genetic variants correlated with a phenotype. Gene Phenotype A2M Alzheimer's Disease ABCA1 cholesterol, HDL ABCB1 HIV ABCB1 epilepsy ABCB1 kidney transplant complications ABCB1 digoxin, serum concentration ABCB1 Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis ABCB1 Parkinson's disease ABCC8 Type 2 diabetes ABCC8 diabetes, type 2 ABO myocardial infarct ACADM medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency ACDC Type 2 diabetes ACE Type 2 diabetes ACE hypertension ACE Alzheimer's Disease ACE myocardial infarction ACE cardiovascular ACE left ventricular hypertrophy ACE coronary artery disease ACE atherosclerosis, coronary ACE retinopathy, diabetic ACE systemic lupus erythematosus ACE blood pressure, arterial ACE erectile dysfunction ACE Lupus ACE polycystic kidney disease ACE stroke ACP1 Type 1 diabetes ACSM1 (LIP)c cholesterol levels ADAM33 asthma ADD1 hypertension ADD1 blood pressure, arterial ADH1B alcohol abuse ADH1C alcohol abuse ADIPOQ Type 2 diabetes ADIPOQ obesity ADORA2A panic disorder ADRB1 hypertension ADRB1 heart failure ADRB2 asthma ADRB2 hypertension ADRB2 obesity ADRB2 blood pressure, arterial ADRB2 Type 2 Diabetes ADRB3 obesity ADRB3 Type 2 Diabetes ADRB3 hypertension AGT hypertension AGT Type 2 diabetes AGT essential hypertension AGT myocardial infarction AGTR1 hypertension AGTR2 hypertension AHR breast cancer ALAD lead toxicity ALDH2 alcoholism ALDH2 alcohol abuse ALDH2 colorectal cancer ALDRL2 Type 2 diabetes ALOX5 asthma ALOX5AP asthma APBB1 Alzheimer's Disease APC colorectal cancer APEX1 lung cancer APOA1 atherosclerosis, coronary APOA1 cholesterol, HDL APOA1 coronary artery disease APOA1 Type 2 diabetes APOA4 Type 2 diabetes APOA5 triglycerides APOA5 atherosclerosis, coronary APOB hypercholesterolemia APOB obesity APOB cardiovascular APOB coronary artery disease APOB coronary heart disease APOB Type 2 diabetes APOC1 Alzheimer's Disease APOC3 triglycerides APOC3 Type 2 Diabetes APOE Alzheimer's Disease APOE Type 2 diabetes APOE multiple sclerosis APOE atherosclerosis, coronary APOE Parkinson's disease APOE coronary heart disease APOE myocardial infarction APOE stroke APOE Alzheimer's disease APOE coronary artery disease APP Alzheimer's Disease AR prostate cancer AR breast cancer ATM breast cancer ATP7B Wilson disease ATXN8OS spinocerebellar ataxia BACE1 Alzheimer's Disease BCHE Alzheimer's Disease BDKRB2 hypertension BDNF Alzheimer's Disease BDNF bipolar disorder BDNF Parkinson's disease BDNF schizophrenia BDNF memory BGLAP bone density BRAF thyroid cancer BRCA1 breast cancer BRCA1 breast cancer; ovarian cancer BRCA1 ovarian cancer BRCA2 breast cancer BRCA2 breast cancer; ovarian cancer BRCA2 ovarian cancer BRIP1 breast cancer C4A systemic lupus erythematosus CALCR bone density CAMTA1 episodic memory CAPN10 diabetes, type 2 CAPN10 Type 2 diabetes CAPN3 muscular dystrophy CARD15 Crohn's disease CARD15 Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis CARD15 Inflammatory Bowel Disease CART obesity CASR bone density CCKAR schizophrenia CCL2 systemic lupus erythematosus CCL5 HIV CCL5 asthma CCND1 colorectal cancer CCR2 HIV CCR2 HIV infection CCR2 hepatitis C CCR2 myocardial infarct CCR3 Asthma CCR5 HIV CCR5 HIV infection CCR5 hepatitis C CCR5 asthma CCR5 multiple sclerosis CD14 atopy CD14 asthma CD14 Crohn's disease CD14 Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis CD14 periodontitis CD14 total IgE CDH1 prostate cancer CDH1 colorectal cancer CDKN2A melanoma CDSN psoriasis CEBPA leukemia, myeloid CETP atherosclerosis, coronary CETP coronary heart disease CETP hypercholesterolemia CFH macular degeneration CFTR cystic fibrosis CFTR pancreatitis CFTR Cystic Fibrosis CHAT Alzheimer's Disease CHEK2 breast cancer CHRNA7 schizophrenia CMA1 atopic dermatitis CNR1 schizophrenia COL1A1 bone density COL1A1 osteoporosis COL1A2 bone density COL2A1 osteoarthritis COMT schizophrenia COMT breast cancer COMT Parkinson's disease COMT bipolar disorder COMT obsessive compulsive disorder COMT alcoholism CR1 systemic lupus erythematosus CRP C-reactive protein CST3 Alzheimer's Disease CTLA4 Type 1 diabetes CTLA4 Graves' disease CTLA4 multiple sclerosis CTLA4 rheumatoid arthritis CTLA4 systemic lupus erythematosus CTLA4 lupus erythematosus CTLA4 celiac disease CTSD Alzheimer's Disease CX3CR1 HIV CXCL12 HIV CXCL12 HIV infection CYBA atherosclerosis, coronary CYBA hypertension CYP11B2 hypertension CYP11B2 left ventricular hypertrophy CYP17A1 breast cancer CYP17A1 prostate cancer CYP17A1 endometriosis CYP17A1 endometrial cancer CYP19A1 breast cancer CYP19A1 prostate cancer CYP19A1 endometriosis CYP1A1 lung cancer CYP1A1 breast cancer CYP1A1 colorectal cancer CYP1A1 prostate cancer CYP1A1 esophageal cancer CYP1A1 endometriosis CYP1A1 cytogenetic studies CYP1A2 schizophrenia CYP1A2 colorectal cancer CYP1B1 breast cancer CYP1B1 glaucoma CYP1B1 prostate cancer CYP21A2 21-hydroxylase deficiency CYP21A2 congenital adrenal hyperplasia CYP21A2 adrenal hyperplasia, congenital CYP2A6 smoking behavior CYP2A6 nicotine CYP2A6 lung cancer CYP2C19 H. pylori infection CYP2C19 phenytoin CYP2C19 gastric disease CYP2C8 malaria, plasmodium falciparum CYP2C9 anticoagulant complications CYP2C9 warfarin sensitivity CYP2C9 warfarin therapy, response to CYP2C9 colorectal cancer CYP2C9 phenytoin CYP2C9 acenocoumarol response CYP2C9 coagulation disorder CYP2C9 hypertension CYP2D6 colorectal cancer CYP2D6 Parkinson's disease CYP2D6 CYP2D6 poor metabolizer phenotype CYP2E1 lung cancer CYP2E1 colorectal cancer CYP3A4 prostate cancer CYP3A5 prostate cancer CYP3A5 esophageal cancer CYP46A1 Alzheimer's Disease DBH schizophrenia DHCR7 Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome DISC1 schizophrenia DLST Alzheimer's Disease DMD muscular dystrophy DRD2 alcoholism DRD2 schizophrenia DRD2 smoking behavior DRD2 Parkinson's disease DRD2 tardive dyskinesia DRD3 schizophrenia DRD3 tardive dyskinesia DRD3 bipolar disorder DRD4 attention deficit hyperactivity disorder DRD4 schizophrenia DRD4 novelty seeking DRD4 ADHD DRD4 personality traits DRD4 heroin abuse DRD4 alcohol abuse DRD4 alcoholism DRD4 personality disorders DTNBP1 schizophrenia EDN1 hypertension EGFR lung cancer ELAC2 prostate cancer ENPP1 Type 2 diabetes EPHB2 prostate cancer EPHX1 lung cancer EPHX1 colorectal cancer EPHX1 cytogenetic studies EPHX1 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/COPD ERBB2 breast cancer ERCC1 lung cancer ERCC1 colorectal cancer ERCC2 lung cancer ERCC2 cytogenetic studies ERCC2 bladder cancer ERCC2 colorectal cancer ESR1 bone density ESR1 bone mineral density ESR1 breast cancer ESR1 endometriosis ESR1 osteoporosis ESR2 bone density ESR2 breast cancer estrogen receptor bone mineral density F2 coronary heart disease F2 stroke F2 thromboembolism, venous F2 preeclampsia F2 thrombosis F5 thromboembolism, venous F5 preeclampsia F5 myocardial infarct F5 stroke F5 stroke, ischemic F7 atherosclerosis, coronary F7 myocardial infarct F8 hemophilia F9 hemophilia FABP2 Type 2 diabetes FAS Alzheimer's Disease FASLG multiple sclerosis FCGR2A systemic lupus erythematosus FCGR2A lupus erythematosus FCGR2A periodontitis FCGR2A rheumatoid arthritis FCGR2B lupus erythematosus FCGR2B systemic lupus erythematosus FCGR3A systemic lupus erythematosus FCGR3A lupus erythematosus FCGR3A periodontitis FCGR3A arthritis FCGR3A rheumatoid arthritis FCGR3B periodontitis FCGR3B periodontal disease FCGR3B lupus erythematosus FGB fibrinogen FGB myocardial infarction FGB coronary heart disease FLT3 leukemia, myeloid FLT3 leukemia FMR1 Fragile X syndrome FRAXA Fragile X Syndrome FUT2 H. pylori infection FVL Factor V Leiden G6PD G6PD deficiency G6PD hyperbilirubinemia GABRA5 bipolar disorder GBA Gaucher disease GBA Parkinson's disease GCGR (FAAH, body mass/obesity ML4R, UCP2) GCK Type 2 diabetes GCLM (F12, TLR4) atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction GDNF schizophrenia GHRL obesity GJB1 Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease GJB2 deafness GJB2 hearing loss, sensorineural nonsyndromic GJB2 hearing loss, sensorineural GJB2 hearing loss/deafness GJB6 hearing loss, sensorineural nonsyndromic GJB6 hearing loss/deafness GNAS hypertension GNB3 hypertension GPX1 lung cancer GRIN1 schizophrenia GRIN2B schizophrenia GSK3B bipolar disorder GSTM1 lung cancer GSTM1 colorectal cancer GSTM1 breast cancer GSTM1 prostate cancer GSTM1 cytogenetic studies GSTM1 bladder cancer GSTM1 esophageal cancer GSTM1 head and neck cancer GSTM1 leukemia GSTM1 Parkinson's disease GSTM1 stomach cancer GSTP1 Lung cancer GSTP1 colorectal cancer GSTP1 breast cancer GSTP1 cytogenetic studies GSTP1 prostate cancer GSTT1 lung cancer GSTT1 colorectal cancer GSTT1 breast cancer GSTT1 prostate cancer GSTT1 Bladder Cancer GSTT1 cytogenetic studies GSTT1 asthma GSTT1 benzene toxicity GSTT1 esophageal cancer GSTT1 head and neck cancer GYS1 Type 2 diabetes HBB thalassemia HBB thalassemia, beta HD Huntington's disease HFE Hemochromatosis HFE iron levels HFE colorectal cancer HK2 Type 2 diabetes HLA rheumatoid arthritis HLA Type 1 diabetes HLA Behcet's Disease HLA celiac disease HLA psoriasis HLA Graves disease HLA multiple sclerosis HLA schizophrenia HLA asthma HLA diabetes mellitus HLA Lupus HLA-A leukemia HLA-A HIV HLA-A diabetes, type 1 HLA-A graft-versus-host disease HLA-A multiple sclerosis HLA-B leukemia HLA-B Behcet's Disease HLA-B celiac disease HLA-B Type 1 diabetes HLA-B graft-versus-host disease HLA-B sarcoidosis HLA-C psoriasis HLA-DPA1 measles HLA-DPB1 Type 1 diabetes HLA-DPB1 asthma HLA-DQA1 Type 1 diabetes HLA-DQA1 celiac disease HLA-DQA1 cervical cancer HLA-DQA1 asthma HLA-DQA1 multiple sclerosis HLA-DQA1 Type 2 diabetes; Type 1 diabetes HLA-DQA1 lupus erythematosus HLA-DQA1 pregnancy loss, recurrent HLA-DQA1 psoriasis HLA-DQB1 Type 1 diabetes HLA-DQB1 celiac disease HLA-DQB1 multiple sclerosis HLA-DQB1 cervical cancer HLA-DQB1 lupus erythematosus HLA-DQB1 pregnancy loss, recurrent HLA-DQB1 arthritis HLA-DQB1 asthma HLA-DQB1 HIV HLA-DQB1 lymphoma HLA-DQB1 tuberculosis HLA-DQB1 rheumatoid arthritis HLA-DQB1 diabetes, type 2 HLA-DQB1 graft-versus-host disease HLA-DQB1 narcolepsy HLA-DQB1 arthritis, rheumatoid HLA-DQB1 cholangitis, sclerosing HLA-DQB1 Type 2 diabetes; Type 1 diabetes HLA-DQB1 Graves' disease HLA-DQB1 hepatitis C HLA-DQB1 hepatitis C, chronic HLA-DQB1 malaria HLA-DQB1 malaria, plasmodium falciparum HLA-DQB1 melanoma HLA-DQB1 psoriasis HLA-DQB1 Sjogren's syndrome HLA-DQB1 systemic lupus erythematosus HLA-DRB1 Type 1 diabetes HLA-DRB1 multiple sclerosis HLA-DRB1 systemic lupus erythematosus HLA-DRB1 rheumatoid arthritis HLA-DRB1 cervical cancer HLA-DRB1 arthritis HLA-DRB1 celiac disease HLA-DRB1 lupus erythematosus HLA-DRB1 sarcoidosis HLA-DRB1 HIV HLA-DRB1 tuberculosis HLA-DRB1 Graves' disease HLA-DRB1 lymphoma HLA-DRB1 psoriasis HLA-DRB1 asthma HLA-DRB1 Crohn's disease HLA-DRB1 graft-versus-host disease HLA-DRB1 hepatitis C, chronic HLA-DRB1 narcolepsy HLA-DRB1 sclerosis, systemic HLA-DRB1 Sjogren's syndrome HLA-DRB1 Type 1 diabetes HLA-DRB1 arthritis, rheumatoid HLA-DRB1 cholangitis, sclerosing HLA-DRB1 Type 2 diabetes; Type 1 diabetes HLA-DRB1 H. pylori infection HLA-DRB1 hepatitis C HLA-DRB1 juvenile arthritis HLA-DRB1 leukemia HLA-DRB1 malaria HLA-DRB1 melanoma HLA-DRB1 pregnancy loss, recurrent HLA-DRB3 psoriasis HLA-G pregnancy loss, recurrent HMOX1 atherosclerosis, coronary HNF4A Type 2 diabetes HSD11B2 hypertension HSD17B1 breast cancer HTR1A depressive disorder, major HTR1B alcohol dependence HTR1B alcoholism HTR2A memory HTR2A schizophrenia HTR2A bipolar disorder HTR2A depression HTR2A depressive disorder, major HTR2A suicide HTR2A Alzheimer's Disease HTR2A anorexia nervosa HTR2A hypertension HTR2A obsessive compulsive disorder HTR2C schizophrenia HTR6 Alzheimer's Disease HTR6 schizophrenia HTRA1 wet age-related macular degeneration IAPP Type 2 Diabetes IDE Alzheimer's Disease IFNG tuberculosis IFNG Type 1 diabetes IFNG graft-versus-host disease IFNG hepatitis B IFNG multiple sclerosis IFNG asthma IFNG breast cancer IFNG kidney transplant IFNG kidney transplant complications IFNG longevity IFNG pregnancy loss, recurrent IGFBP3 breast cancer IGFBP3 prostate cancer IL10 systemic lupus erythematosus IL10 asthma IL10 graft-versus-host disease IL10 HIV IL10 kidney transplant IL10 kidney transplant complications IL10 hepatitis B IL10 juvenile arthritis IL10 longevity IL10 multiple sclerosis IL10 pregnancy loss, recurrent IL10 rheumatoid arthritis IL10 tuberculosis IL12B Type 1 diabetes IL12B asthma IL13 asthma IL13 atopy IL13 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/COPD IL13 Graves' disease IL1A periodontitis IL1A Alzheimer's Disease IL1B periodontitis IL1B Alzheimer's Disease IL1B stomach cancer IL1R1 Type 1 diabetes IL1RN stomach cancer IL2 asthma; eczema; allergic disease IL4 Asthma IL4 atopy IL4 HIV IL4R asthma IL4R atopy IL4R total serum IgE IL6 bone mineralization IL6 kidney transplant IL6 kidney transplant complications IL6 longevity IL6 multiple sclerosis IL6 bone density IL6 bone mineral density IL6 colorectal cancer IL6 juvenile arthritis IL6 rheumatoid arthritis IL9 asthma INHA premature ovarian failure INS Type 1 diabetes INS Type 2 diabetes INS obesity INS prostate cancer INSIG2 obesity INSR Type 2 diabetes INSR hypertension INSR polycystic ovary syndrome IPF1 Type 2 diabetes IRS1 Type 2 diabetes IRS2 Type 2 diabetes ITGB3 myocardial infarction ITGB3 atherosclerosis, coronary ITGB3 coronary heart disease ITGB3 myocardial infarct KCNE1 EKG, abnormal KCNE2 EKG, abnormal KCNH2 EKG, abnormal KCNH2 long QT syndrome KCNJ11 diabetes, type 2 KCNJ11 Type 2 Diabetes KCNN3 schizophrenia KCNQ1 EKG, abnormal KCNQ1 long QT syndrome KIBRA episodic memory KLK1 hypertension KLK3 prostate cancer KRAS colorectal cancer LDLR hypercholesterolemia LDLR hypertension LEP obesity LEPR obesity LIG4 breast cancer LIPC atherosclerosis, coronary LPL coronary artery disease LPL hyperlipidemia LPL triglycerides LRP1 Alzheimer's Disease LRP5 bone density LRRK2 Parkinson's disease LRRK2 Parkinsons disease LTA Type 1 diabetes LTA asthma LTA systemic lupus erythematosus LTA sepsis LTC4S asthma MAOA alcoholism MAOA schizophrenia MAOA bipolar disorder MAOA smoking behavior MAOA personality disorders MAOB Parkinson's disease MAOB smoking behavior MAPT Parkinson's disease MAPT Alzheimer's Disease MAPT dementia MAPT frontotemporal dementia MAPT progressive supranuclear palsy MC1R melanoma MC3R obesity MC4R obesity MECP2 Rett syndrome MEFV Familial Mediterranean Fever MEFV amyloidosis MICA Type 1 diabetes MICA Behcet's Disease MICA celiac disease MICA rheumatoid arthritis MICA systemic lupus erythematosus MLH1 colorectal cancer MME Alzheimer's Disease MMP1 lung cancer MMP1 ovarian cancer MMP1 periodontitis MMP3 myocardial infarct MMP3 ovarian cancer MMP3 rheumatoid arthritis MPO lung cancer MPO Alzheimer's Disease MPO breast cancer MPZ Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease MS4A2 asthma MS4A2 atopy MSH2 colorectal cancer MSH6 colorectal cancer MSR1 prostate cancer MTHFR colorectal cancer MTHFR Type 2 diabetes MTHFR neural tube defects MTHFR homocysteine MTHFR thromboembolism, venous MTHFR atherosclerosis, coronary MTHFR Alzheimer's Disease MTHFR esophageal cancer MTHFR preeclampsia MTHFR pregnancy loss, recurrent MTHFR stroke MTHFR thrombosis, deep vein MT-ND1 Type 2 diabetes MTR colorectal cancer MT-RNR1 hearing loss, sensorineural nonsyndromic MTRR neural tube defects MTRR homocysteine MT-TL1 Type 2 diabetes MUTYH colorectal cancer MYBPC3 cardiomyopathy MYH7 cardiomyopathy MYOC glaucoma, primary open-angle MYOC glaucoma NAT1 colorectal cancer NAT1 breast cancer NAT1 bladder cancer NAT2 colorectal cancer NAT2 bladder cancer NAT2 breast cancer NAT2 lung cancer NBN breast cancer NCOA3 breast cancer NCSTN Alzheimer's Disease NEUROD1 Type 1 diabetes NF1 neurofibromatosis1 NOS1 asthma NOS2A multiple sclerosis NOS3 hypertension NOS3 coronary heart disease NOS3 atherosclerosis, coronary NOS3 coronary artery disease NOS3 myocardial infarction NOS3 acute coronary syndrome NOS3 blood pressure, arterial NOS3 preeclampsia NOS3 nitric oxide NOS3 Alzheimer's Disease NOS3 asthma NOS3 Type 2 diabetes NOS3 cardiovascular disease NOS3 Behcet's Disease NOS3 erectile dysfunction NOS3 kidney failure, chronic NOS3 lead toxicity NOS3 left ventricular hypertrophy NOS3 pregnancy loss, recurrent NOS3 retinopathy, diabetic NOS3 stroke NOTCH4 schizophrenia NPY alcohol abuse NQO1 lung cancer NQO1 colorectal cancer NQO1 benzene toxicity NQO1 bladder cancer NQO1 Parkinson's disease NR3C2 hypertension NR4A2 Parkinson's disease NRG1 schizophrenia NTF3 schizophrenia OGG1 lung cancer OGG1 colorectal cancer OLR1 Alzheimer's Disease OPA1 glaucoma OPRM1 alcohol abuse OPRM1 substance dependence OPTN glaucoma, primary open-angle P450 drug metabolism PADI4 rheumatoid arthritis PAH phenylketonuria/PKU PAI1 coronary heart disease PAI1 asthma PALB2 breast cancer PARK2 Parkinson's disease PARK7 Parkinson's disease PDCD1 lupus erythematosus PINK1 Parkinson's disease PKA memory PKC memory PLA2G4A schizophrenia PNOC schizophrenia POMC obesity PON1 atherosclerosis, coronary PON1 Parkinson's disease PON1 Type 2 diabetes PON1 atherosclerosis PON1 coronary artery disease PON1 coronary heart disease PON1 Alzheimer's Disease PON1 longevity PON2 atherosclerosis, coronary PON2 preterm delivery PPARG Type 2 diabetes PPARG obesity PPARG Type 2 diabetes PPARG colorectal cancer PPARG hypertension PPARGC1A Type 2 diabetes PRKCZ Type 2 diabetes PRL systemic lupus erythematosus PRNP Alzheimer's Disease PRNP Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease PRODH schizophrenia PRSS1 pancreatitis PSEN1 Alzheimer's Disease PSEN2 Alzheimer's Disease PSMB8 Type 1 diabetes PSMB9 Type 1 diabetes PTCH skin cancer, non-melanoma PTGIS hypertension PTGS2 colorectal cancer PTH bone density PTPN11 Noonan syndrome PTPN22 rheumatoid arthritis PTPRC multiple sclerosis PVT1 end stage renal disease RAD51 breast cancer RAGE retinopathy, diabetic RB1 retinoblastoma RELN schizophrenia REN hypertension RET thyroid cancer RET Hirschsprung's disease RFC1 neural tube defects RGS4 schizophrenia RHO retinitis pigmentosa RNASEL prostate cancer RYR1 malignant hyperthermia SAA1 amyloidosis SCG2 hypertension SCG3 obesity SCGB1A1 asthma SCN5A Brugada syndrome SCN5A EKG, abnormal SCN5A long QT syndrome SCNN1B hypertension SCNN1G hypertension SERPINA1 COPD SERPINA3 Alzheimer's Disease SERPINA3 COPD SERPINA3 Parkinson's disease SERPINE1 myocardial infarct SERPINE1 Type 2 diabetes SERPINE1 atherosclerosis, coronary SERPINE1 obesity SERPINE1 preeclampsia SERPINE1 stroke SERPINE1 hypertension SERPINE1 pregnancy loss, recurrent SERPINE1 thromboembolism, venous SLC11A1 tuberculosis SLC22A4 Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis SLC22A5 Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis SLC2A1 Type 2 diabetes SLC2A2 Type 2 diabetes SLC2A4 Type 2 diabetes SLC3A1 cystinuria SLC6A3 attention deficit hyperactivity disorder SLC6A3 Parkinson's disease SLC6A3 smoking behavior SLC6A3 alcoholism SLC6A3 schizophrenia SLC6A4 depression SLC6A4 depressive disorder, major SLC6A4 schizophrenia SLC6A4 suicide SLC6A4 alcoholism SLC6A4 bipolar disorder SLC6A4 personality traits SLC6A4 attention deficit hyperactivity disorder SLC6A4 Alzheimer's Disease SLC6A4 personality disorders SLC6A4 panic disorder SLC6A4 alcohol abuse SLC6A4 affective disorder SLC6A4 anxiety disorder SLC6A4 smoking behavior SLC6A4 depressive disorder, major; bipolar disorder SLC6A4 heroin abuse SLC6A4 irritable bowel syndrome SLC6A4 migraine SLC6A4 obsessive compulsive disorder SLC6A4 suicidal behavior SLC7A9 cystinuria SNAP25 attention deficit hyperactivity disorder SNCA Parkinson's disease SOD1 ALS/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis SOD2 breast cancer SOD2 lung cancer SOD2 prostate cancer SPINK1 pancreatitis SPP1 multiple sclerosis SRD5A2 prostate cancer STAT6 asthma STAT6 total IgE SULT1A1 breast cancer SULT1A1 colorectal cancer TAP1 Type 1 diabetes TAP1 lupus erythematosus TAP2 Type 1 diabetes TAP2 diabetes, type 1 TBX21 asthma TBXA2R asthma TCF1 Type 2 diabetes TF Alzheimer's Disease TGFB1 breast cancer TGFB1 kidney transplant TGFB1 kidney transplant complications TH schizophrenia THBD myocardial infarction TLR4 asthma TLR4 Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis TLR4 sepsis TNF asthma TNFA cerebrovascular disease TNF Type 1 diabetes TNF rheumatoid arthritis TNF systemic lupus erythematosus TNF kidney transplant TNF psoriasis TNF sepsis TNF Type 2 diabetes TNF Alzheimer's Disease TNF Crohn's disease TNF hepatitis B TNF kidney transplant complications TNF multiple sclerosis TNF schizophrenia TNF celiac disease TNF obesity TNF pregnancy loss, recurrent TNFRSF11B bone density TNFRSF1A rheumatoid arthritis TNFRSF1B rheumatoid arthritis TNFRSF1B systemic lupus erythematosus TNFRSF1B arthritis TNNT2 cardiomyopathy TP53 lung cancer TP53 breast cancer TP53 colorectal cancer TP53 prostate cancer TP53 cervical cancer TP53 ovarian cancer TP53 smoking TP53 esophageal cancer TP73 lung cancer TPH1 suicide TPH1 depressive disorder, major TPH1 suicidal behavior TPH1 schizophrenia TPMT thiopurine methyltransferase activity TPMT leukemia TPMT inflammatory bowel disease TPMT thiopurine S-methyltransferase phenotype TSC1 tuberous sclerosis TSC2 tuberous sclerosis TSHR Graves' disease TYMS colorectal cancer TYMS stomach cancer TYMS esophageal cancer UCHL1 Parkinson's disease UCP1 obesity UCP2 obesity UCP3 obesity UGT1A1 hyperbilirubinemia UGT1A1 Gilbert syndrome UGT1A6 colorectal cancer UGT1A7 colorectal cancer UTS2 diabetes, type 2 VDR bone density VDR prostate cancer VDR bone mineral density VDR Type 1 diabetes VDR osteoporosis VDR bone mass VDR breast cancer VDR lead toxicity VDR tuberculosis VDR Type 2 diabetes VEGF breast cancer vit D rec idiopathic short stature VKORC1 warfarin therapy, response to WNK4 hypertension XPA lung cancer XPC lung cancer XPC cytogenetic studies XRCC1 lung cancer XRCC1 cytogenetic studies XRCC1 breast cancer XRCC1 bladder cancer XRCC2 breast cancer XRCC3 breast cancer XRCC3 cytogenetic studies XRCC3 lung cancer XRCC3 bladder cancer ZDHHC8 schizophrenia

The following examples illustrate and explain the invention. The scope of the invention is not limited by these examples.

EXAMPLE I

Generation and Analysis of SNP Profile

The individual is provided a sample tube in the kit, such as that available from DNA Genotek, into which the individual deposits a sample of saliva (approximately 4 mls) from which genomic DNA will be extracted. The saliva sample is sent to a CLIA certified laboratory for processing and analysis. The sample is typically sent to the facility by overnight mail in a shipping container that is conveniently provided to the individual in the collection kit.

In a preferred embodiment, genomic DNA is isolated from saliva. For example, using DNA self collection kit technology available from DNA Genotek, an individual collects a specimen of about 4 ml saliva for clinical processing. After delivery of the sample to an appropriate laboratory for processing, DNA is isolated by heat denaturing and protease digesting the sample, typically using reagents supplied by the collection kit supplier at 50° C. for at least one hour. The sample is next centrifuged, and the supernatant is ethanol precipitated. The DNA pellet is suspended in a buffer appropriate for subsequent analysis.

The individual's genomic DNA is isolated from the saliva sample, according to well known procedures and/or those provided by the manufacturer of a collection kit. Generally, the sample is first heat denatured and protease digested. Next, the sample is centrifuged, and the supernatant is retained. The supernatant is then ethanol precipitated to yield a pellet containing approximately 5-16 ug of genomic DNA. The DNA pellet is suspended in 10 mM Tris pH 7.6, 1 mM EDTA (TE). A SNP profile is generated by hybridizing the genomic DNA to a commercially available high density SNP array, such as those available from Affymetrix or Illumina, using instrumentation and instructions provided by the array manufacturer. The individual's SNP profile is deposited into a secure database or vault.

The patient's data structure is queried for risk-imparting SNPs by comparison to a clinically-derived database of established, medically relevant SNPs whose presence in a genome correlates to a given disease or condition. The database contains information of the statistical correlation of particular SNPs and SNP haplotypes to particular diseases or conditions. For example, as shown in Example III, polymorphisms in the apolipoprotein E gene give rise to differing isoforms of the protein, which in turn correlate with a statistical likelihood of developing Alzheimer's Disease. As another example, individuals possessing a variant of the blood clotting protein Factor V known as Factor V Leiden have an increased tendency to clot. A number of genes in which SNPs have been associated to a disease or condition phenotype are shown in Table 1. The information in the database is approved by a research/clinical advisory board for its scientific accuracy and importance, and may be reviewed with governmental agency oversight. The database is continually updated as more SNP-disease correlations emerge from the scientific community.

The results of the analysis of an individual's SNP profile is securely provided to patient by an on-line portal or mailings. The patient is provided interpretation and supportive information, such as the information shown for Factor V Leiden in Example IV. Secure access to the individual's SNP profile information, such as through an on-line portal, will facilitate discussions with the patient's physician and empower individual choices for personalized medicine.

EXAMPLE II

Update of Genotype Correlations

In response to a request for an initial determination of an individual's genotype correlations, a genomic profile is generated, genotype correlations are made, and the results are provided to the individual as described in Example I. Following an initial determination of an individual's genotype correlations, subsequent, updated correlations are or can be determined as additional genotype correlations become known. The subscriber has a premium level subscription and their genotype profile and is maintained in a secure database. The updated correlations are performed on the stored genotype profile.

For example, an initial genotype correlation, such as described above in Example I, could have determined that a particular individual does not have ApoE4 and thus is not predisposed to early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, and that this individual does not have Factor V Leiden. Subsequent to this initial determination, a new correlation could become known and validated, such that polymorphisms in a given gene, hypothetically gene XYZ, are correlated to a given condition, hypothetically condition 321. This new genotype correlation is added to the master database of human genotype correlations. An update is then provided to the particular individual by first retrieving the relevant gene XYZ data from the particular individual's genomic profile stored in a secure database. The particular individual's relevant gene XYZ data is compared to the updated master database information for gene XYZ. The particular individual's susceptibility or genetic predisposition to condition 321 is determined from this comparison. The results of this determination are added to the particular individual's genotype correlations. The updated results of whether or not the particular individual is susceptible or genetically predisposed to condition 321 is provided to the particular individual, along with interpretative and supportive information.

EXAMPLE III

Correlation of ApoE4 Locus and Alzheimer's Disease

The risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been shown to correlate with polymorphisms in the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene, which gives rise to three isoforms of APOE referred to as ApoE2, ApoE3, and ApoE4. The isoforms vary from one another by one or two amino acids at residues 112 and 158 in the APOE protein. ApoE2 contains 112/158 cys/cys; ApoE3 contains 112/158 cys/arg; and ApoE4 contains 112/158 arg/arg. As shown in Table 2, the risk of Alzeimer's disease onset at an earlier age increases with the number of APOE ε4 gene copies. Likewise, as shown in Table 3, the relative risk of AD increases with number of APOE ε4 gene copies.

TABLE 2 Prevalence of AD Risk Alleles (Corder et al., Science: 261: 921-3, 1993) APOF ε4 Alzheimer's Copies Prevalence Risk Onset Age 0 73% 20% 84 1 24% 47% 75 2  3% 91% 68

TABLE 3 Relative Risk of AD with ApoE4 (Farrer et al., JAMA: 278: 1349-56, 1997) APOE Genotype Odds Ratio ε2ε2 0.6 ε2ε3 0.6 ε3ε3 1.0 ε2ε4 2.6 ε3ε4 3.2 ε4ε4 14.9

EXAMPLE IV

Information for Factor V Leiden Positive Patient

The following information is exemplary of information that could be supplied to an individual having a genomic SNP profile that shows the presence of the gene for Factor V Leiden. The individual may have a basic subscription in which the information may be supplied in an initial report.

What is Factor V Leiden?

Factor V Leiden is not a disease, it is the presence of a particular gene that is passed on from one's parents. Factor V Leiden is a variant of the protein Factor V (5) which is needed for blood clotting. People who have a Factor V deficiency are more likely to bleed badly while people with Factor V Leiden have blood that has an increased tendency to clot.

People carrying the Factor V Leiden gene have a five times greater risk of developing a blood clot (thrombosis) than the rest of the population. However, many people with the gene will never suffer from blood clots. In Britain and the United States, 5 per cent of the population carry one or more genes for Factor V Leiden, which is far more than the number of people who will actually suffer from thrombosis.

How Do You Get Factor V Leiden?

The genes for the Factor V are passed on from one's parents. As with all inherited characteristics, one gene is inherited from the mother and one from the father. So, it is possible to inherit: -two normal genes or one Factor V Leiden gene and one normal gene -or two Factor V Leiden genes. Having one Factor V Leiden gene will result in a slightly higher risk of developing a thrombosis, but having two genes makes the risk much greater.

What are the Symptoms of Factor V Leiden?

There are no signs, unless you have a blood clot (thrombosis).

What are the Danger Signals?

The most common problem is a blood clot in the leg. This problem is indicated by the leg becoming swollen, painful and red. In rarer cases a blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary thrombosis) may develop, making it hard to breathe. Depending on the size of the blood clot this can range from being barely noticeable to the patient experiencing severe respiratory difficulty. In even rarer cases the clot might occur in an arm or another part of the body. Since these clots formed in the veins that take blood to the heart and not in the arteries (which take blood from the heart), Factor V Leiden does not increase the risk of coronary thrombosis.

What can be Done to Avoid Blood Clots?

Factor V Leiden only slightly increases the risk of getting a blood clot and many people with this condition will never experience thrombosis. There are many things one can do to avoid getting blood clots. Avoid standing or sitting in the same position for long periods of time. When traveling long distances, it is important to exercise regularly—the blood must not ‘stand still’. Being overweight or smoking will greatly increase the risk of blood clots. Women carrying the Factor V Leiden gene should not take the contraceptive pill as this will significantly increase the chance of getting thrombosis. Women carrying the Factor V Leiden gene should also consult their doctor before becoming pregnant as this can also increase the risk of thrombosis.

How Does a Doctor Find Out if You Have Factor V Leiden?

The gene for Factor V Leiden can be found in a blood sample.

A blood clot in the leg or the arm can usually be detected by an ultrasound examination.

Clots can also be detected by X-ray after injecting a substance into the blood to make the clot stand out. A blood clot in the lung is harder to find, but normally a doctor will use a radioactive substance to test the distribution of blood flow in the lung, and the distribution of air to the lungs. The two patterns should match—a mismatch indicates the presence of a clot.

How is Factor V Leiden Treated?

People with Factor V Leiden do not need treatment unless their blood starts to clot, in which case a doctor will prescribe blood-thinning (anticoagulant) medicines such as warfarin (e.g. Marevan) or heparin to prevent further clots. Treatment will usually last for three to six months, but if there are several clots it could take longer. In severe cases the course of drug treatment may be continued indefinitely; in very rare cases the blood clots may need to be surgically removed.

How is Factor V Leiden Treated During Pregnancy?

Women carrying two genes for Factor V Leiden will need to receive treatment with a heparin coagulant medicine during pregnancy. The same applies to women carrying just one gene for Factor V Leiden who have previously had a blood clot themselves or who have a family history of blood clots.

All women carrying a gene for Factor V Leiden may need to wear special stockings to prevent clots during the last half of pregnancy. After the birth of the child they may be prescribed the anticoagulant drug heparin.

Prognosis

The risk of developing a clot increases with age, but in a survey of people over the age of 100 who carry the gene, it was found that only a few had ever suffered from thrombosis. The National Society for Genetic Counselors (NSGC) can provide a list of genetic counselors in your area, as well as information about creating a family history. Search their on-line database at www.nsgc.org/consumer.

While preferred embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described herein, it will be obvious to those skilled in the art that such embodiments are provided by way of example only. Numerous variations, changes, and substitutions will now occur to those skilled in the art without departing from the invention. It should be understood that various alternatives to the embodiments of the invention described herein may be employed in practicing the invention. It is intended that the following claims define the scope of the invention and that methods and structures within the scope of these claims and their equivalents be covered thereby.

Claims

1. A method of assessing genotype correlations of an individual comprising:

a) obtaining a genetic sample of the individual;
b) generating a genomic profile for the individual;
c) determining the individual's genotype correlations with phenotypes by comparing the individual's genomic profile to a current database of human genotype correlations with phenotypes;
d) reporting the results from step c) to the individual or a health care manager of the individual;
e) updating the database of human genotype correlations with an additional human genotype correlation as the additional human genotype correlation becomes known; and
f) updating the individual's genotype correlations by comparing the individual's genomic profile of step c) or a portion thereof to the additional human genotype correlation and determining an additional genotype correlation of the individual; and
g) reporting the results from step f) to the individual or the health care manager of the individual.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the reporting comprises transmission of the results over a network.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the reporting of the results is through an on-line portal.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the reporting of the results is by paper or by e-mail.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein the reporting comprises reporting the results in a secure manner.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein the reporting comprises reporting the results in a non-secure manner.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the individual's genomic profile is deposited into a secure database or vault.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the individual is a subscriber.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein the individual is not a subscriber.

10. The method of claim 1, wherein the genetic sample is DNA.

11. The method of claim 1, wherein the genetic sample is RNA.

12. The method of claim 1, wherein the genomic profile is a single nucleotide polymorphism genomic profile, the database of human genotype correlations are human single nucleotide polymorphism correlations, and the additional human genotype correlation is a single nucleotide polymorphism correlation.

13. The method of claim 1, wherein the genomic profile comprises truncations, insertions, deletions or repeats, the database of human genotype correlations are human truncations, insertions, deletions or repeats correlations, and the additional human genotype correlation is a truncation, insertion, deletion or repeat correlation.

14. The method of claim 1, wherein the genomic profile is of the individual's entire genome.

15. The method of claim 1, wherein the method comprises assessing 2 or more genotype correlations.

16. The method of claim 1, wherein the method comprises assessing 10 or more genotype correlations.

17. The method of claim 1, wherein the database of human genotype correlations contains genetic variants in one or more genes listed in Table 1 and phenotypes correlated with the genetic variants.

18. The method of claim 1, wherein the database of human genotype correlations contains genetic variants in one or more genes listed in FIGS. 4, 5, or 6 and phenotypes correlated with the genetic variants.

19. The method of claim 1, wherein the database of human genotype correlations contains genetic variants determined from the genomic profiles of the individuals and previously determined phenotypes disclosed by the individuals.

20. The method of claim 1, wherein the database of human genotype correlations contains single nucleotide polymorphisms in the genes listed in Table 1 or FIGS. 4, 5, or 6, and phenotypes correlated with the single nucleotide polymorphisms.

21. The method of claim 1, wherein the genetic sample is from a biological sample selected from the group consisting of blood, hair, skin, saliva, semen, urine, fecal material, sweat, and buccal sample.

22. The method of claim 12, wherein the genotype correlations are correlations of single nucleotide polymorphisms to diseases and conditions.

23. The method of claim 12, wherein the genotype correlations are correlations of single nucleotide polymorphisms to phenotypes that are not medical conditions.

24. The method of claim 13, wherein the genotype correlations are correlations of truncations, insertions, deletions or repeats to diseases and conditions.

25. The method of claim 13, wherein the genotype correlations are correlations of truncations, insertions, deletions or repeats to phenotypes that are not medical conditions.

26. The method of claim 1, wherein the genomic profile is generated using a high density DNA micro array.

27. The method of claim 12, wherein the single nucleotide polymorphism genomic profile is generated using a high density DNA microarray.

28. The method of claim 1, wherein the genomic profile is generated using genomic DNA sequencing.

29. The method of claim 12, wherein the single nucleotide polymorphism genomic profile is generated using genomic DNA sequencing.

30. The method of claim 21, wherein the genetic sample is genomic DNA and the biological sample is saliva.

31. A business method of assessing genotype correlations of an individual comprising:

a) obtaining a genetic sample of the individual;
b) generating a genomic profile for the individual;
c) determining the individual's genotype correlations by comparing the individual's genomic profile to a database of human genotype correlations;
d) providing results of the determining of the individual's genotype correlations to the individual or a health care manager of the individual;
e) updating the database of human genotype correlations with an additional human genotype correlation as the additional human genotype correlation becomes known;
f) updating the individual's genotype correlations by comparing the individual's genomic profile of step c) or a portion thereof to the additional human genotype correlation and determining an additional genotype correlation of the individual; and
g) providing results of the updating of the individual's genotype correlations to the individual or a health care manager of the individual.

32. The method of claim 31, wherein the providing results comprises transmission of the results over a network.

33. The method of claim 31, wherein the results are provided through an on-line portal.

34. The method of claim 31, wherein the results are provided by paper or by e-mail.

35. The method of claim 33, wherein providing the results comprises providing the results in a secure manner.

36. The method of claim 33, wherein the reporting comprises reporting the results in a non-secure manner.

37. The method of claim 31, wherein the individual's genomic profile is deposited into a secure database or vault.

38. The method of claim 31, wherein the individual is a subscriber.

39. The method of claim 31, wherein the individual is not a subscriber.

40. The method of claim 31, wherein the individual or the health care manager sets preferences for the results that are provided to the individual or the health care manager.

41. The method of claim 31, comprising further providing the individual or the health care manager with interpretative and supportive information of the results.

42. The method of claim 31, wherein the genomic profile is a single nucleotide polymorphism genomic profile, the database of human genotype correlations are human single nucleotide polymorphism correlations, and the additional human genotype correlation is a single nucleotide polymorphism correlation.

43. The method of claim 31, wherein the genomic profile comprises truncations, insertions, deletions or repeats, the database of human genotype correlations are human truncations, insertions, deletions or repeats correlations, and the additional human genotype correlation is a truncation, insertion, deletion or repeat correlation.

44. The method of claim 31, wherein the genomic profile is of the individual's entire genome.

45. The method of claim 31, wherein the method comprises assessing 2 or more genotype correlations.

46. The method of claim 31, wherein the method comprises assessing 10 or more genotype correlations.

47. The method of claim 31, wherein the genetic sample is obtained from a biological sample selected from the group consisting of blood, hair, skin, saliva, semen, urine, fecal material, sweat, and buccal sample.

48. The method of claim 31, wherein the database of human genotype correlations contains genetic variants in the genes listed in Table 1 and phenotypes correlated with the genetic variants.

49. The method of claim 31, wherein the database of human genotype correlations contains genetic variants in the genes listed in FIGS. 4, 5, or 6 and phenotypes correlated with the genetic variants.

50. The method of claim 31, wherein the database of human genotype correlations contains genetic variants determined from the genomic profiles of the individuals and previously determined phenotypes disclosed by the individuals.

51. The method of claim 42, wherein the genotype correlations are correlations of single nucleotide polymorphisms to diseases and conditions.

52. The method of claim 42, wherein the genotype correlations are correlations of single nucleotide polymorphisms to phenotypes that are not medical conditions.

53. The method of claim 43, wherein the genotype correlations are correlations of truncations, insertions, deletions or repeats to diseases and conditions.

54. The method of claim 43, wherein the genotype correlations are correlations of truncations, insertions, deletions or repeats to phenotypes that are not medical conditions.

55. The method of claim 31 wherein the genomic profile is generated using a high density DNA microarray.

56. The method of claim 42, wherein the single nucleotide polymorphism genomic profile is generated using a high density DNA microarray.

57. The method of claim 31 wherein the genomic profile is generated using genomic DNA sequencing.

58. The method of claim 42, wherein the single nucleotide polymorphism genomic profile is generated using genomic DNA sequencing.

59. The method of claim 47, wherein the genetic sample is genomic DNA and the biological sample is saliva.

60. A business method of assessing genotype correlations of an individual comprising:

a) obtaining a genetic sample of the individual;
b) generating a genomic profile for the individual;
c) importing data of the individual's genomic profile;
d) determining the individual's genotype correlations by comparing the individual's genomic profile to a database of human genotype correlations;
e) providing results of the determining of the individual's genotype correlations to the individual of a health care manager of the individual;
f) updating the database of human genotype correlations with an additional human genotype correlation as the additional human genotype correlation becomes known;
g) updating the individual's genotype correlations by comparing the individual's genomic profile or a portion thereof to the additional human genotype correlation and determining an additional genotype correlation of the individual; and
h) providing results of the updating of the individual's genotype correlations to the individual or the health care manager of the individual.

61. The method of claim 60, wherein providing the results comprises providing the results in a secure manner.

62. The method of claim 60, wherein providing the results comprises transmission of the results over a network.

63. A method comprising:

a) providing a rule set comprising rules, each rule indicating a correlation between at least one genotype and at least one phenotype;
b) providing a data set comprising genomic profiles of each of a plurality of individuals, wherein each genomic profile comprises a plurality of genotypes;
c) periodically updating the rule set with at least one new rule, wherein the at least one new rule indicates a correlation between a genotype and a phenotype not previously correlated with each other in the rule set; and
d) applying each new rule to the genomic profile of at least one of the individuals, thereby correlating at least one genotype with at least one phenotype for the individual.

64. The method of claim 63 further comprising:

e) generating a report comprising the phenotype profile of the individual.

65. The method of claim 63 further comprising, after step (b),

i) applying the rules of the rule set to the genomic profiles of the individuals to determine a set of phenotype profiles for the individuals; and
ii) generating a report comprising an initial phenotype profile of the individual.

66. The method of claim 64 or 65, wherein providing the report comprises transmission of the report over a network.

67. The method of claim 64 or 65, wherein providing the report comprises transmission of the report over a network to the individual or a health care manager of the individual.

68. The method of claim 64 or 65, wherein the report is provided in a secure manner.

69. The method of claim 64 or 65, wherein the report is provided in a non-secure manner.

70. The method of claim 64 or 65, wherein the report is provided through an on-line portal.

71. The method of claim 64 or 65, wherein the report is provided by paper or e-mail.

72. The method of claim 63, wherein the new rule correlates an uncorrelated genotype with a phenotype.

73. The method of claim 63, wherein the new rule correlates a correlated genotype with a phenotype with which it was not previously correlated in the rule set.

74. The method of claim 63, wherein the new rule modifies a rule in the rule set.

75. The method of claim 63, wherein the new rule is generated by correlation of a genotype from the genomic profiles of the individuals and a previously determined phenotype of the individuals.

76. The method of claim 63, wherein the rules correlate a plurality of genotypes with a phenotype.

77. The method of claim 63, wherein applying the new rule further comprises determining the phenotype profile at least in part based on a characteristic of the individual selected from ethnicity, ancestry, geography, gender, age, family history, and previously determined phenotypes.

78. The method of claim 63, wherein the genotypes comprise nucleotide repeats, nucleotide insertions, nucleotide deletions, chromosomal translocations, chromosomal duplications, or copy number variations.

79. The method of claim 78, wherein the copy number variations are microsatellite repeats, nucleotide repeats, centromeric repeats, or telomeric repeats.

80. The method of claim 63, wherein the genotypes comprise single nucleotide polymorphisms.

81. The method of claim 63, wherein the genotypes comprise haplotypes and diplotypes.

82. The method of claim 63, wherein the genotypes comprise genetic markers in linkage disequilibrium with single nucleotide polymorphisms correlated with a phenotype.

83. The method of claim 63, wherein the phenotype profile indicates a presence or absence of the quantitative trait or a risk developing the quantitative trait.

84. The method of claim 63, wherein the phenotype profile indicates a probability that an individual with a genotype has or will have a phenotype.

85. The method of claim 84, wherein the probability is high, moderate, or low.

86. The method of claim 63, wherein the correlations are curated.

87. The method of claim 63 wherein the rule set comprises at least 20 rules.

88. The method of claim 63 wherein the rule set comprises at least 50 rules.

89. The method of claim 63 wherein the rule set comprises rules based on the genotype correlations in Table 1.

90. The method of claim 63 wherein the rule set comprises rules based on the genotype correlations in FIGS. 4, 5, or 6.

91. The method of claim 63, wherein the phenotype comprises a quantitative trait.

92. The method of claim 91, wherein the quantitative trait comprises a medical condition.

93. The method of claim 92, wherein the phenotype profiles indicates a presence or absence of the medical condition, a risk of developing the medical condition, a prognosis of the medical condition, an effectiveness of a treatment for the medical condition, or a response to a treatment of the medical condition.

94. The method of claim 91, wherein the quantitative trait comprises a phenotype that is not a medical condition.

95. The method of claim 91, wherein the quantitative trait is selected from the group consisting of: physical trait, physiological trait, mental trait, emotional trait, ethnicity, ancestry, or age.

96. The method of claim 63, wherein the individuals are humans.

97. The method of claim 63, wherein the individuals are subscribers.

98. The method of claim 63, wherein the individuals are not subscribers.

99. The method of claim 63, wherein the individuals are non-humans.

100. The method of claim 63, wherein the genomic profile comprises at least 100,000 genotypes.

101. The method of claim 63, wherein the genomic profile comprises at least 400,000 genotypes.

102. The method of claim 63, wherein the genomic profile comprises at least 900,000 genotypes.

103. The method of claim 63, wherein the genomic profile comprises at least 1,000,000 genotypes.

104. The method of claim 63, wherein the genomic profile comprises a substantially complete entire genomic sequence.

105. The method of claim 63, wherein the data set comprises a plurality of data points, wherein each data point relates to an individual and comprises a plurality of data elements, wherein the data elements include at least one element selected from a unique identifier, genotype information, microarray SNP identification number, SNP rs number, chromosome position, polymorphic nucleotide, quality metrics, raw data files, images, extracted intensity scores, physical data, medical data, ethnicity, ancestry, geography, gender, age, family history, known phenotypes, demographic data, exposure data, lifestyle data, and behavior data, of the individual.

106. The method of claim 63, wherein periodically updating and applying occurs at least once a year.

107. The method of claim 63, wherein providing the data set comprises obtaining a genomic profile of each of a plurality of individuals by:

(i) performing a genetic analysis on a genetic sample from the individuals and
(ii) encoding the analysis in computer readable format.

108. The method of claim 63, wherein the phenotype profile comprises a monogenic phenotype.

109. The method of claim 63, wherein the phenotype profile comprises a multigenic phenotype.

110. The method of claim 63, wherein the report comprises an initial phenotype profile.

111. The method of claim 63, wherein the report comprises an updated phenotype profile.

112. The method of claim 63, wherein the report further comprises information on the phenotypes of the phenotype profile selected from one or more of the following: prevention strategies, wellness information, therapies, symptom awareness, early detection schemes, intervention schemes, and refined identification and sub-classification of the phenotypes in the phenotype profile.

113. The method of claim 63, further comprising:

a) adding a new genomic profile of a new individual into the individual data set;
b) applying the rule set to the genomic profile of the new individual; and
c) generating an initial report of a phenotype profile for the new individual.

114. The method of claim 63, further comprising:

a) adding a new genomic profile of the individual;
b) applying the rule set to the new genomic profile the individual; and
c) generating a new report of a phenotype profile for the individual.

115. A system comprising:

a) a rule set comprising rules, each rule indicating a correlation between at least one genotype and at least one phenotype;
b) code that periodically updates the rule set with at least one new rule, wherein the at least one new rule indicates a correlation between a genotype and a phenotype not previously correlated with each other in the rule set;
c) a database comprising genomic profiles of a plurality of individuals;
d) code that applies the rule set to the genomic profiles of individuals to determine phenotype profiles for the individuals; and
e) code that generates reports for each individual.

116. The system of claim 115, wherein the report is transmitted over a network.

117. The system of claim 115, wherein the report is transmitted over a network to the individual or health care manager of the individual.

118. The system of claim 115, wherein the report is provided in a secure manner.

119. The system of claim 115, wherein the reports is provided in a non-secure manner.

120. The system of claim 115, wherein the report is provided through an on-line portal.

121. The system of claim 115, wherein the report is provided by paper or e-mail.

122. The system of claim 115, further comprising code that notifies the individual of new or revised correlations.

123. The system of claim 115, further comprising code that notifies the individual of new or revised rules that can be applied to the genomic profile of the individual.

124. The system of claim 115, further comprising code that notifies the individual of new or revised prevention and wellness information for the phenotypes of the phenotype profile of the individual.

125. A kit comprising:

a) at least one sample collection container;
b) instructions for obtaining a sample from an individual;
c) instructions for accessing a genomic profile of the individual obtained from the sample through an on-line portal;
d) instructions for accessing a phenotype profile of the individual obtained from the sample through an on-line portal; and
e) packaging for delivery of the sample collection container to the sample processing facility.

126. An on-line portal comprising a website where a individual can access their phenotype profile, wherein the website allows the individual to do at least one of the following:

a) choose the rules to be applied to the individual's genomic profile;
b) view initial and updated reports on the website;
c) print initial and updated reports from the website;
d) save initial and updated reports from the website onto the individual's computer;
e) obtain prevention and wellness information on the individual's phenotype profile;
f) obtain on-line or telephone-linked genetic counseling;
g) extract information to share with physicians/genetic counselors;
h) access to partner service and product offerings.

127. The on-line portal of claim 126, wherein the information is transmitted over a network.

128. The on-line portal of claim 126, wherein the information is transmitted over a network to the individual or health care manager of the individual.

129. The on-line portal of claim 126 wherein the website is secure.

130. The on-line portal of claim 126 wherein the website is not secure.

131. The on-line portal of claim 126 wherein the individual is presented with one or more options regarding the level of security of such individuals' information or one or more portions thereof.

132. The on-line portal of claim 126 wherein the phenotype profile comprises an actionable medical condition.

133. The on-line portal of claim 126 wherein the phenotype profile comprises a medical condition with no existing preventive actions or existing therapies.

134. The on-line portal of claim 126 wherein the phenotype profile comprises non medical conditions.

135. The on-line portal of claim 126 further comprising a search engine.

Patent History

Publication number: 20080131887
Type: Application
Filed: Jul 23, 2007
Publication Date: Jun 5, 2008
Inventors: Dietrich A. Stephan (Phoenix, AZ), Melissa Floren Filippone (New York, NY)
Application Number: 11/781,679

Classifications

Current U.S. Class: 435/6; Gene Sequence Determination (702/20); 707/10
International Classification: C12Q 1/68 (20060101); G06F 17/30 (20060101); G06F 19/00 (20060101);