Courtagen Life Sciences Blog

We Have a New Home

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Oct 14, 2016 11:37:07 AM

Last week we packed up our computers, sequencers, pipettes, and numerous test tubes filled with saliva to move down the road to our new headquarters at 8 Cabot Road Woburn, MA.

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Topics: Company News

4 Common Genetic Testing Myths Debunked

Posted by Cheryl Scacheri, MS, LGC on Oct 5, 2016 10:33:00 AM

As with computers and other technology-based fields, an incredible amount of progress has been made in our understanding of genetics since Watson and Crick first described DNA over 60 years ago.

Next generation sequencing is a relatively new lab method that looks at more genes in less time than previous technologies, precipitating an explosion of knowledge connecting genes and health. Advances are also being made in the treatment and management of genetic conditions.

Even with all this advancement, there are some myths about genetic testing that still exist. Today we are going to debunk four of the most commonly-believed genetic testing myths.

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Topics: Genetic Testing

Mitochondrial disease patients face frustration when going to the Emergency Room

Posted by Stacey Wong, MS, LCGC on Sep 27, 2016 1:22:31 PM

Mitochondrial disease is typically understood by healthcare providers as a disease of severe neuromuscular manifestations and brain abnormalities, or recognized as various syndromes. However, mitochondrial disease is complicated to diagnose and difficult for many clinicians to understand or accept for the following reasons:

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Topics: Mitochondrial Disorders, Patient Story

Diagnosing Mitochondrial Disease with Genetic Testing

Posted by Stacey Wong, MS, LCGC on Sep 15, 2016 2:36:00 PM

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Topics: Mitochondrial Disorders, Genetic Testing

Courtagen Partners with UMDF to Provide Complementary Genetic Testing for Mitochondrial disorders

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Sep 8, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Courtagen is excited to announce that it has partnered with the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation as part of a new pilot program designed to expand access to genetic testing for patients with mitochondrial disorders who have been unable to access testing due to financial barriers.

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Topics: Courtagen Gives Back

5 Ways Genetic Testing Can Make a Difference

Posted by Cheryl Scacheri, MS, LGC on Aug 24, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Maybe your physician has ordered genetic testing for you, or perhaps you’ve been wondering if it might be helpful to have your child undergo a genetic test. Perhaps you are a physician who has never used genetic testing as a diagnostic tool before. If you are considering a genetic test for any reason, but aren’t sure if it’s something you want to pursue, this article is for you.

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Topics: Genetic Testing, Genetics

How Genetic Testing Helped Our Son

Posted by Kim Ruckman on Aug 17, 2016 1:33:23 PM

Editor's note: The following post was written by Kim Ruckman, a mother whose child experienced positive behavioral and mood changes following genetic testing through Courtagen. Although the testing did not result in a definitive diagnosis in this case, it did inform important dietary changes that made a big difference in this child's quality of life. 

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Topics: Genetic Testing, Success Story

The Role of Genetic Testing in Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted by Meghan Wayne on Aug 10, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Editor’s Note: Each month, Courtagen will feature a disorder or condition that can be diagnosed or identified through one of our multi-gene panels. This month, we are taking a look at Autism Spectrum Disorder, a complex condition for which there are multiple lines of evidence supporting genetic factors play a role in its etiology. Courtagen's devSEEK® Triome, devSEEK®, and devACT® tests target genes associated with neurodevelopmental conditions, including ASD.

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Topics: Genetic Testing, Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder

Upcoming Webinar: The Role of Genetic Testing Panels in Clinical Practice

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Jul 27, 2016 4:08:36 PM
Genetic testing has become a powerful addition to the clinician's toolbox that can be deployed to help identify a definitive diagnosis and inform patient care, especially for neurological and metabolic disorders. 
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Topics: Epilepsy, Mitochondrial Disorders, Genetic Testing, Genetics, Developmental Delay

Sun, Surf, and Smiles at Venice Beach THERASurf Event

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Jul 21, 2016 10:47:22 AM

This past Saturday, representatives from Courtagen and Medicinal Genomics joined a team of 35 volunteers at the THERASurf event at Venice Beach in Malibu, CA. More than 80 families participated in the event, enjoying the sun and surf on a beautiful Southern California day. 

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Topics: Courtagen Gives Back