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Genetic Tests

Biomarker Based Blood Test Detects Colorectal Cancer

A test is needed that offers greater certainty and that can detect bowel cancer at an early stage and at the same time reaches the whole population. Should this be achieved with a blood test, it might lower the reluctance seen in patients towards the stool test.   More...
15 Apr 2015

Blood Test May Trump Standard for Early Down Syndrome Screening

A new multicenter study provides landmark evidence that a blood test undertaken between 10 to 14 weeks of pregnancy may be more accurate in diagnosing Down syndrome, and two less common chromosomal abnormalities, than standard noninvasive screening techniques.  More...
15 Apr 2015
Image: Measurement of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) can be used to diagnose patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and to predict their likely response to treatment (Photo courtesy of National Cancer Institute).

Likelihood of Lymphoma Recurrence Can Be Predicted by Monitoring Blood Levels of Circulating Tumor DNA

A recent paper described the measurement of circulating tumor DNA to diagnose patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and to predict their likely response to treatment.   More...
15 Apr 2015
Image: Bone marrow aspirate from a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia shows sheets of blasts which have very scant cytoplasm and nuclei with finely dispersed, dense chromatin without nucleoli, typical appearance of lymphoblasts (Photo courtesy of the Autonomous University of Zacatecas).

Genetic Cause of Increased Leukemia Risk Identified

A newly discovered heritable genetic cause of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has been pinpointed, specifically a mutation of the oncogene that encodes an E26 transformation-specific factor.   More...
13 Apr 2015

Gene Identified That Drives Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

A gene has been identified that drives one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, giving hope that by finding a way to block the gene they may be able to make the cancer less aggressive.  More...
13 Apr 2015

Point-of-Care Blood Test Evaluated for Ebola Virus Disease

Current Ebolavirus disease diagnosis relies on reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction technology, requiring skilled laboratory personnel and technical infrastructure.  More...
09 Apr 2015
Image: The ViiA 7 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) System (Photo courtesy of Life Technologies).

Blood Test Sheds Light on Fragile X Syndrome

A blood test may shed new light on Fragile X syndrome related disorders in women, as Fragile X pre-mutation carriers have normal intellect, but some can develop physical symptoms over time and are also more likely to develop social anxiety and depression.  More...
08 Apr 2015

Genetic Testing channel of LabMedica brings the latest in molecular genetics, cytogenetics, and epigenetics, and methods from PCR to FISH, and more.
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