Courtagen Life Sciences Blog

The Power of Parents: How Parent Samples Improve Genetic Testing Results

Posted by Cheryl Scacheri, MS, LGC on Dec 8, 2016 10:45:00 AM

At Courtagen, we offer DNA testing that uses next generation sequencing to diagnose neurological, mitochondrial, and other disorders. Because the brain and mitochondria are so complex, many of our panels have a thousand genes or more.

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Topics: Seizure Disorders, Mitochondrial Disorders, Genetic Testing, Developmental Delay

ALG13: X-Linked Gene Causes Severe Neurological Disease in Females

Posted by Stacey Wong, MS, LCGC on Nov 22, 2016 9:04:00 AM

After performing diagnostic testing on several thousand patients with seizure disorders, Courtagen's Clinical Team has described a variant in the ALG13 gene that directly causes infantile spasms, intellectual disability, and severe neurologic disease.

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Topics: Epilepsy, Seizure Disorders, Genetic Testing

Is Cannabis a Reasonable Option for Treating Epilepsy?

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Nov 10, 2016 2:06:00 PM

Earlier this week, voters in four states (Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota) approved legislation that made medicinal marijuana legal in their respective states. Now more than half the states have approved medical marijuana in some form. It’s fitting that this landmark was reached in the month of November, which happens to be Epilepsy Awareness month.

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Topics: Epilepsy, Genetics, Cannabis

How Courtagen's Genetic Tests Differ from 23andMe

Posted by Cheryl Scacheri, MS, LGC on Oct 26, 2016 3:46:02 PM
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Topics: Genetic Testing, Genetics

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