Month: August 2020

whole exome sequencing
There have been great advances in genetic technology over the past few decades. These advances began with identifying chromosomes, the packages that contain all of our genetic instructions that are inside every cell of our bodies, to now identifying and reading through our DNA, the smallest structure of our genetics inside those chromosomes. Having the […]
  The medical and scientific community has worked tirelessly since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic to unravel the mysteries of this virus and the human body’s reaction to it. The spectrum of presentation is wide and highly variable ranging from asymptomatic to having symptoms of the common cold to more severe indications such as […]
kidney cancer
Our kidneys function in our bodies to remove excess water, salt, and waste products from the blood. There are different areas of the kidneys that play a role in this important job. Our kidneys also help control our blood pressure and make sure we have enough red blood cells in our bodies to stay healthy. […]
carrier screening
Carrier screening is a type of genetic test that can tell someone if they are a carrier for a recessive genetic condition. If someone is a carrier for a recessive genetic condition, they have one copy of their gene that doesn’t work properly. The other copy of their gene for that genetic condition does work […]
autism genetic testing
Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder usually characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and sometimes manifests as restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior. Parents often search for signs of autism in their children as they develop, and most pediatrician offices give out questionnaires to screen children for autism. The definition […]
Scheduling and attending an appointment with genetic counselors isn’t always easy for patients to do even when they could benefit from the resources these professionals offer. Perhaps some of your patients live in rural communities, have scheduling conflicts or just can’t find a genetic specialist in the area who is familiar with their specific medical […]
advanced maternal age
Any woman who is 35 or older and goes to the doctor after becoming pregnant will most likely hear the term “advanced maternal age”. While that may not be the best term to use and would make anyone feel older than they really are, what exactly does it mean and why are women classified that […]