Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Presently, there are more than three thousand known genetic diseases. DNA analysis has provided geneticists and their colleagues with a new means of identifying many genetic disorders that impact the lives of thousands of families every year. DNA analysis has become an invaluable tool for diagnosis of individuals affected with certain genetic disorders, as well as for carrier testing, presymptomatic diagnosis, and prenatal diagnosis. 

Genetics Center’s on-site laboratory offers the latest in array-based comparative genomic hybridization (180k array CGH) testing as well as DNA analysis for some of the more common hereditary disorders, including cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, fragile X syndrome, and hereditary hemochromatosis. It also performs bone marrow transplant monitoring and BCR-ABL testing for hematological malignancy. Additional DNA-based tests are also available. DNA analysis can be performed on any number of tissues such as blood, skin, cultured amniotic fluid, or chorionic villi.

Genetic Center also offers molecular based paternity and identity testing. Our current methodology for paternity testing allows us to exclude an alleged father with 100% certainty or include an alleged father with greater than 99.9% certainty.

DNA analysis is extremely accurate. However, there are limitations to what information can be obtained by this type of testing. For this reason, genetic counseling is strongly recommended before proceeding with DNA analysis.

DNA analysis is generally not used as the sole means of diagnosis, but rather as part of a comprehensive genetics evaluation when a particular disorder is suspected. If you have questions regarding DNA analysis or other genetics services, please do not hesitate to contact us.