March 5, 2020
Authored by: Susan Brice
What is Genomics?
Genomics is the study of all the genes within an organism, including humans, and how all of those genes are interrelated and influence the organism. Genetics is primarily focused on single genes. Genomics involves sequencing and analysis of genomes through the use of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics.
How are Genomics Being Used in Toxic Tort Litigation?
The use of genomics to defend toxic tort claims is emerging. For example, defendants in recent cases involving asbestos, benzene, low-dose radiation and other substances have used genomics successfully. These successes tend to occur after an early and careful look at the facts of a case.
For example, defendants recently and successfully used a genomic causation defense in two mesothelioma cases involving males, who developed peritoneal mesothelioma in their 30s, with little or no known exposure to asbestos fibers. The early age of cancer onset was a material fact