Category: Molecular genetics

The History of Prenatal Screening

A female doctor consulting her pregnant patient
BeaconLBS October 28, 2021

Technologies used in prenatal screening have rapidly expanded and increased in accuracy over the last several decades. The aim of this article is to review the history of prenatal screening and current technologies.

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

BeaconLBS July 21, 2021

Historically, treatment has been supportive and did not address the root cause of the condition. However, recent new therapies have become accessible that radically improve the quality of life of those suffering with SMA.

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Cystic Fibrosis

BeaconLBS July 8, 2021

There have been many advances in diagnostic testing, carrier screening, and newborn screening technology which increases the ability for physicians and genetics professionals to diagnose those affected and identify asymptomatic carriers.

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Genetic Terminology

Genetic Terminology
BeaconLBS October 29, 2020

There are many genetic/genomic terms and concepts that should be understood by any clinician who is ordering these tests. The purpose of this article is to provide these definitions, which are used in CPT coding, to allow for more precise testing and reimbursement.

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Liquid Biopsy in Cancer Diagnosis, Detection and Treatment

Liquid Biopsy in Cancer Diagnosis, Detection and Treatment
BeaconLBS June 11, 2019

Recently, there has been much excitement about the potential for liquid biopsy’s possible applications in cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Learn more about the current evidence of clinical utility of cell free DNA in our latest blog.

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Expanded carrier screening; is more better?

Expanded carrier screening is more better
BeaconLBS October 25, 2018

There are many options available for genetic carrier screening for expectant parents, from a few diseases recommended by professional societies, to hundreds of rare diseases. Is more always better? Find out in our blog.

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Genetic counselors: Where are we from and where are we going?

Genetic counselors: Where are we from and where are we going
BeaconLBS October 19, 2018

Check out our blog on genetic counseling by guest blogger, Tiffany Turner. Tiffany has over 10 years of experience as a genetic counselor and she shares what the profession is about, and how she came to be a licensed, board certified genetic counselor.

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