Courtagen Life Sciences Blog

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

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

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, MS, LGC 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

Benefits of Ordering Genetic Testing at the Beginning of the Diagnostic Process

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Jul 14, 2016 2:53:33 PM

There is a longstanding adage in clinical genetics that states, "If a patient has seen as many specialists as they are years or months old, then it is time to refer them to a genetics clinic".

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Topics: Seizure Disorders, Genetic Testing, Developmental Delay

Quick Case: Creatine Supplementation as Treatment for Seizure Disorder

Posted by Courtagen Staff on May 16, 2016 2:48:26 PM

Ngoc Minh Le, M.D., pediatric neurologist and Medical Consultant for Courtagen Life Sciences, presents the case of a 6-year-old patient who presented with global developmental delay, seizures, GI issues, and behavioral problems. Courtagen's epiSEEK® panel revealed a mutation on the SLC6A8 gene that is consistent with Creatine Transporter Deficiency Syndrome. After being placed on high-dose creatine monohydrate, arginine, and glycine, the patient became seizure free and his GI issues improved.

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

Why Everyone with Epilepsy Should Get a Genetic Test

Posted by Mann Shoffner on May 10, 2016 1:08:00 PM

There are approximately 300,000 pediatric epilepsy cases in the US, with 45,000 newly diagnosed cases each year.  Understanding the etiology (i.e. underlying cause) of epilepsy is essential for properly treating patients.  Until recently, the etiology of epilepsy was regarded as unknown in about 75% of patients.  However, because of new developments in sequencing technologies, genetic studies are yielding new discoveries every year that are helping patients unlock the underlying cause of their disease, allowing them and their care givers to make more informed decisions about their treatment.

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Topics: Epilepsy, Seizure Disorders, Genetic Testing