232018May
Baby Genes Achieves CAP

Baby Genes Achieves CAP

Baby Genes, Inc. Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists (CAP) CAP Accreditation is Awarded to Clinical Laboratories Meeting the Highest Standards in Quality Laboratory Practices. May 23, 2018 (for immediate release) – Baby Genes, Inc., a leading provider of advanced Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) clinical diagnostics in the Newborn Screening (NBS), Newborn Diagnostic and Family Planning…

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72017Jun

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness & Carrier Screening

National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month May was National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that primarily affects the lungs. Mutations in the “cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator” (CFTR) gene cause individuals with CF to produce thick, sticky mucus that can clog their lungs, making breathing difficult. This abnormally sticky mucus…

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252017Apr

National DNA Day

National DNA Day is a day designated by the National Human Genome Research Institute [https://www.genome.gov/] to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. Dr. James Watson and Dr. Francis Crick, working alongside Dr. Rosalind Franklin, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology…

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282017Feb
10th Annual Rare Disease Day: With Research the Possibilities are Limitless

10th Annual Rare Disease Day: With Research the Possibilities are Limitless

February 28, 2017 is the 10th Annual Rare Disease Day. [http://www.rarediseaseday.org] Rare Disease Day was originally established in 2008 by EURORDIS, [http://www.eurordis.org/] the organization representing rare disease patients in Europe and now more than 80 different nations participate. In the U.S., the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), [https://rarediseases.org] an non-profit, patient advocacy organization dedicated…

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252017Jan
DNA Gene Sequencing and Newborn Screening – Where are We and Where Are We Going?

DNA Gene Sequencing and Newborn Screening – Where are We and Where Are We Going?

Where does DNA testing fit into newborn screening? In order to answer this question, it is important to examine some of the difficulties faced by current newborn screening programs. Historically, newborn screening has been performed by biochemical analysis. Certain analytes (chemicals or substances) in the body are analyzed and measured to determine if the correct…

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162016Dec
NBS – It’s very easy to forget.

NBS – It’s very easy to forget.

If you were to ask any physician trained in the US in the last thirty years about phenylketonuria (PKU) they would probably tell you that PKU is a treatable inherited disease screened for at birth. This is true in this country today. But the reality is that the treatment for PKU goes hand in hand…

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212016Nov

Know Your Family Health History – But Is It Enough?

In recognition of the importance of family history, the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have launched a public health campaign to encourage people to learn more about their family health history. Thanksgiving (November 24th) is National Family History day because it is a day that families come together and…

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142016Nov
Online Sources for Genetic Health Information

Online Sources for Genetic Health Information

Advances in genetic sequencing technology has led to an exponential growth in DNA testing options for patients. But has access to genetic health information kept pace? With a little help from the Internet and some government health agencies, the answer is yes. While there are a lot of websites dedicated to teaching genetics – all…

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