Illumina has launched the MyGenome iPad app, an app which visualizes the human genome. It allows you to explore a real human genome and view reports about important genetic variations. In its current iteration it acts mainly as an educational tool, however in future version Illumina foresees it becoming a clinical tool for use by physicians with their patients to improve communication of genetic data.
The MyGenome app features an actual genome, a genome Map, health cards and reports and a video journey into the genome. The included genome belongs to Illumina’s own CEO Jay Flatley. More interestingly however, in future versions it will be possible to explore your own genome after you have had your genome sequenced by Illumina’s Individual Genome Sequencing service. Illumina plans to deliver genetic data first to the ordering physician via the app, providing direct access to the consumer only after the doctor has discussed the result with the consumer. The app is available for $0.99 from the Apple app store.
In other news, Illumina has also introduced BaseSpace Apps, a dedicated applications store for its BaseSpace genomics cloud computing platform. A publicly available API allows developers to create and deploy new applications for the analysis of genetic data generated on Illumina systems. With the application store, Illumina wants to provide users with an ecosystem of genome analysis tools from the world’s leading bioinformatics vendors to analyze, understand and make use of the massive amounts of genetic data they generate.