PGnome® - Whole Genome Sequencing

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PGnome® - RAPID

Name Test Code Description CPT Code(s) Price
Family - Trio 14002 WGS of patient + 2 additional family members 81425, 81426(x2) $5,990

If report is needed for any additional family members, add $490 per family member.

Family - Duo 14001 WGS of patient + 1 additional family member 81425, 81426 $4,790

If report is needed for any additional family members, add $490 per family member.

Patient Only 14000 WGS of patient 81425 $2,990

Sequencing cost to additional family members beyond trio: $1,690 (no report); additional CPT Code 81426.

If report is needed for any additional family members, add $490 per family member.

What is PGnome?

PGnome is PreventionGenetics' whole genome sequencing (WGS) test. PGnome is the ultimate germline DNA test because it covers the entire genome. Although initially the primary application of WGS will be diagnosis, there are other, very powerful applications as shown in the following list.

Primary Applications of WGS

  • Diagnosis
  • Assessment of Disease Risk and Prevention
  • Reproductive Planning
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Research

The clinical utility of genome and exome sequencing for diagnosis of disease is now abundantly clear (see for example Lunke et al. 2020. PubMed ID: 32573669; Clark et al. 2019. PubMed ID: 31019026; Elliott et al. 2019. PubMed ID: 31172278; Mestek-Boukhibar et al. 2018. PubMed ID: 30049826; Meng et al. 2017. PubMed ID: 28973083; Stark et al. 2017. PubMed ID: 28125081). Genome/exome sequencing is superior to sequencing of single genes or smaller gene panels because of genetic heterogeneity, the continuing discovery of new disease genes, dual diagnoses (which are surprisingly common; see for example Karaca et al. 2018. PubMed ID: 29790871), and the general difficulty of identifying the correct genes using clinical features alone. Genome/exome sequencing also often reduces the time to diagnosis, limiting the diagnostic odyssey and lowering the cost to patients.

Genome sequencing is superior to exome sequencing because it covers portions of the genome like deep intronic regions that are not covered by exome sequencing and because it yields better detection of Structural Variants (defined as Copy Number Variants (CNVs) plus insertions, inversions, and translocations). In addition, genome sequencing provides more accurate analysis of tandem repeats and paralogous regions, and is essential for application of polygenic risk algorithms. Many of the variants used by polygenic risk algorithms are not located in coding regions and are therefore missed entirely by exome sequencing. A patient receiving exome sequencing today will likely have to pay again in future for genome sequencing.

The diagnostic yield of WGS varies considerably depending upon the disorder(s) and the groups of patients involved. Yields as high as 60-70% have been reported (Elliott et al. 2019. PubMed ID: 31172278; Stark et al. 2017. PubMed ID: 28125081). However, based on our own experience and other reports from the literature, yields in the range of 30% seem overall more realistic (Farnaes et al. 2018. PubMed ID: 29644095; Lionel et al. 2018. PubMed ID: 28771251; Vissers et al. 2017. PubMed ID: 28333917). Further, based on reports from the literature as well as our own internal data, trio testing (a proband along with both parents) provides higher diagnostic yields than testing just the proband (Farwell et al. 2015. PubMed ID: 25356970). Trio testing is the gold standard as it permits the identification of de novo variants as well as the phase of two different variants in recessive genes.

PGnome - Diagnostic is ideal for individuals with:

  • Seriously ill patients with an urgent need for genetic diagnosis


Nearly all Rapid PGnome tests have a TAT of 13 calendar days on average.

We recommend that providers choose expedited shipping to decrease the time samples spend in transit to PreventionGenetics.

Inclusion of detailed clinical notes/completion of the clinical data checklist and a pedigree are required. The ability to select variants that may be involved with the patient’s health problem directly correlates with the quality of clinical information provided.


Our Rapid PGnome offers the traditional options of Patient Only testing or Family testing (e.g., Duo, Trio, etc.). For the highest diagnostic yield, Family - Trio testing is recommended.

Specimen Requirements and Shipping Details

Note that saliva and buccal specimens are not accepted for WGS. DNA from saliva invariably includes microbial and food DNA which interfere with WGS.



PGnome uses Illumina short-read next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. As required, genomic DNA is extracted from patient specimens. Patient DNA is sheared, adaptors are ligated to the fragment ends, and the fragments are sequenced on the NovaSeq 6000 using 2x150 bp paired-end reads. The following quality control metrics are generally achieved for the nuclear genome: >98% of targeted bases are covered at >15x, >96% of targeted bases are covered at >20x.  The minimum acceptable average read depth is 35x. Data analysis and interpretation is performed by the internally developed Infinity pipeline. Variant calls are made by the GATK Haplotype caller and annotated using in house software and Jannovar.

For the mitochondrial genome screen, the following quality control metrics are generally achieved: an average read depth of >3,000x and a minimum acceptable read depth of 500x.  Variant calls for the mitochondrial genome are made using the Mutserve pipeline and annotated using Alamut batch.

Structural variants (SVs) are also detected from NGS data. The three SV calling algorithms that we employ (Lumpy, CNVnator, and Manta) utilize read depth, SNP information, split reads, and reads which map to two different sites in the genome to detect deletions, duplications, insertions and inversions. Our overall sensitivity for deletions, duplications, and inversions is 96%. Sensitivity for detection of insertions (as opposed to duplications) is currently low (~20%). At this time, we are not reporting translocations.  Our ability to detect SVs due to somatic mosaicism is limited. At this time, we are also not reporting structural variants within the mitochondrial genome.

Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS) recommendations are used to describe sequence variants ( All differences from the reference sequences are assigned to one of five interpretation categories (Pathogenic, Likely Pathogenic, Variant of Uncertain Significance, Likely Benign and Benign) per ACMG Guidelines (Richards et al. 2015. PubMed ID: 25741868).


Only primary findings will be reported for Rapid PGnome. Reports will consist of up to two sections:

  • Variants in genes known to be associated with phenotype
  • Variants in genes possibly associated with phenotype

A preliminary report prior to confirmation may be issued in cases with a clear positive finding.

Secondary findings are not reported.

Benign and likely benign variants are not reported.

Raw sequence data will be provided to the ordering physician upon request.

Nomenclature for sequence variants comes from Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS) (


Interpretation of the test results is limited by the information that is currently available. Better interpretation will be possible in the future as more data and knowledge about human genetics and this specific disorder are accumulated.

Sequencing: This test will not cover 100% of the genome.  Parts of the genome cannot be readily sequenced with current technology such as some tandem repeats, paralogous genes and other repeat sequences.  Therefore, a small fraction of sequence variants relevant to the patient's health will not be detected.

Our detailed variant analysis and interpretation is focused on the coding exons and immediate flanking non-coding DNA (± 10 bp).  Although the millions of variants detected in other parts of the genome are used to assist with SV detection and other applications, we do not at this time attempt to interpret every variant outside of coding and immediate flanking regions. When warranted by sequence results (for example a single pathogenic variant in a recessive gene), we examine all rare variants within selected genic regions.

In many cases, we are unable to determine the phase of sequence variants. In particular, when we find two likely causative variants for recessive disorders, we cannot be certain that the variants are on different alleles.

Our ability to detect low-level mosaicism of variants is limited.

Runs of mononucleotide repeats (eg (A)n or (T)n) with n >8 in the reference sequence are generally not analyzed because of strand slippage during amplification.

Unless otherwise indicated, DNA sequence data is obtained from a specific cell-type (usually leukocytes if taken from whole blood). Test reports contain no information about the DNA sequence in other cell-types.

We cannot be certain that the reference sequences are correct. Genome build hg19, GRCh37 (Feb2009) is used as our reference in nearly all cases.

Structural Variants (SVs): Calling of SVs from short read sequence data is challenging and a very active area of research and development.  Improvements will come relatively quickly.  However, at this time, we are limiting our SV detection to deletions, duplications, insertions, and inversions. Some SVs will not be detected due to paralogy (e.g., pseudogenes, segmental duplications), sequence properties, and size.  Sensitivity for detection of insertions (as opposed to duplications) is currently low (~20%).  At this time, we are not reporting translocations. Our ability to detect SVs due to somatic mosaicism is limited.

Mitochondrial variants: For the mitochondrial genome, the revised Cambridge Reference Sequence (rCRS) is our reference. All reported variants are confirmed using a combination of long-range PCR and next generation sequencing. We analyze nearly the entire genome, although certain regions (<200 bp) are excluded from analysis largely due to the presence of tandem repeats in non-coding regions. This test is currently not validated to detect large deletions, duplications, or complex rearrangements of the mitochondrial genome, and our sensitivity for smaller insertion/deletion events is also limited. Although sensitivity for detection of low-level (4-30%) heteroplasmic single nucleotide variants is expected to be high based on validation studies, we cannot guarantee that these low-level heteroplasmic variants will always be identified due to paralogy with the nuclear genome. 

General: We have confidence in our ability to track a specimen once it has been received by PreventionGenetics. However, we take no responsibility for any specimen labeling errors that occur before the specimen arrives at PreventionGenetics.

A negative finding does not rule out a genetic diagnosis.

Genetic counseling to help to explain test results to the patients and to discuss reproductive options is recommended.


Genetic Counselors: GC Team -

Geneticist: Anthony Krentz, PhD -


Clark et al. 2019. PubMed ID: 31019026

Elliott et al. 2019. PubMed ID: 31172278

Farnaes et al. 2018. PubMed ID: 29644095

Kalia et al. 2016. PubMed ID: 27854360

Karaca et al. 2018. PubMed ID: 29790871

Lionel et al. 2018. PubMed ID: 28771251

Lunke et al. 2020. PubMed ID: 32573669

Meng et al. 2017. PubMed ID: 28973083

Mestek-Boukhibar et al. 2018. PubMed ID: 30049826

Richards et al. 2015. PubMed ID: 25741868

Stark et al. 2017. PubMed ID: 28125081

Vissers et al. 2017. PubMed ID: 28333917