‘Genetics’ Articles

How to speak Genetics

Lesson 1: A quick guide to a genetics conversation Let’s work from “big” to “small” when talking in terms of molecular genetics. The largest unit is a chromosome. Within each chromosome, there are several genes. Genes are made up of a combination of four bases Read more

  • February 26, 2016
  • 01:57pm EST

Neurome™ Test Focuses Exome Sequencing on Neurologically-Relevant Genes

When a child presents with developmental delay or an intellectual disability, the physician faces a bewildering diagnostic challenge. There are thousands of possible causes, with overlapping signs and symptoms that in many cases prevent a definitive diagnosis based on clinical grounds alone. To help physicians Read more

  • March 30, 2015
  • 11:31am EST

Genome Editing: A Potential Treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

A breakthrough study from Duke University may offer promise for future gene therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). With an incidence of approximately 1 in 3500 male births, DMD is the most commonly inherited muscular disorder in children. Symptoms present before age 5 and include Read more

  • March 19, 2015
  • 10:14am EST

Large-Scale Study Reveals Most Prevalent CMT Genes

By Adam Medeiros, M.S. Associate Scientist Athena Diagnostics, Inc. A recent study by Athena Diagnostics examined molecular evaluation for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT).1 CMT describes a clinically diverse group of peripheral neuropathies that have been associated with 80 disease-causing genes.2 Affecting nearly 1 in 2,500 individuals, Read more

  • January 06, 2015
  • 07:00am EST