The future of the NGS

4 September 2014

Over the last few years, the new generation sequencing techniques have been enormously perfected. Manufacturers have developed new bio-computing algorithms which offer increased reading times and minimize the percentages of error. Moreover, they’ve perfected the systems to be more adapted to laboratories, for example a tabletop sequencer. It has also meant considerably decreased costs and the massive adoption of sequencing techniques by the scientific community.
Today, progress continues, the NGS must adapt to new markets and fields of activity such as diagnostics. The NGS is promised to a brilliant future in this field, because it overcomes the deficiencies of other techniques. Genetic tests, still too simple and limited. They are not able to characterize the causes and the consequences of an illness and thus to define a more specific treatment for a patient. The NGS could thus correct these lacks, but it still has a long way to go concerning data storage, the statistical meanings, data protection or yet the functional validation of the genomic results.
NGS will very certainly be the new evolution in the field of diagnostics, but it will still be a few years before it becomes routine.