Within the last fifty years, genetic testing has become an indispensable tool for numerous medical professionals diagnosticians around the globe. For readers who are unaware, genetic testing refers to the analysis of DNA and is most often used to identify changes in the gene sequence. Genetic testing can be used to reveal mutations in genes that can cause illness and disease, helping doctors deliver more accurate diagnoses. For over nine years, Medcomp Sciences has worked to provide medical firm services straight to customer homes by offering prescription product access, concierge care, and at-home diagnostic testing. Brad Schaeffer, CEO of Medcomp Sciences, hopes that by providing consumers medical transparency and access to various healthcare services, he can help promote personal health. Today, Brad Schaefer of Medcomp Sciences hopes to spread awareness regarding a variety of personal health topics and, today, will discuss the different types of genetic testing currently available to Medcomp Sciences customers.
Single- Gene Testing
Single gene tests analyze potential changes and mutations in one individual gene. Single gene testing is often recommended when a doctor believes a patient has symptoms of a specific condition or syndrome. The majority of single-gene tests are performed using full sequencing analysis with customized next-generation sequencing library and high resolution (exon-specific) deletion/duplication analysis. Single gene tests are often used to diagnose several illnesses, including Duchene muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, and Angleman syndrome.
Panel genetic tests or “multi-gene genetic tests”, look for changes in a variety of genes. These genetic tests are often grouped in categories based on each patient’s different medical concerns, including muscle tone, epilepsy, or family history of cancer. Panel genetic testing looks for inherited mutations in a variety of different genes that are often associated with breast cancer, hereditary diffuse gastric cancer, uterine cancer, Fanconi’s anemia, and a variety of other illnesses.
There are two types of large-scale genetic tests, exome sequencing external icon and genome sequencing external icon. Exome sequencing external icon looks at all genes present in DNA or the genes related to a medical condition (clinical exome). Genome sequencing external icon is the most extensive genetic test available and looks at all of a patient’s DNA. Large-scale genetic tests are frequently offered to patients with complex medical histories and family histories.