• By Aaron Elliott, PhD, Chief Executive Officer
  • Posted July 13, 2018

Quality and Experience Bring Value to Genetic Testing

Ambry was founded with one goal– help patients and families. It is with this goal in mind that we design every test, accession every sample, interpret every result, and generate every report. Prior to becoming CEO at Ambry, I held various positions here, including Chief Scientific Officer for 5 years. Our motto is to design, validate and perform …


  • By Jessica Ordonez, MS, CGC
  • Posted June 28, 2018

Blog post: Benefits of Utilizing Family History & Clinical Data Management Tools to Maximize Efficiency and Productivity in Clinical Cancer Risk Assessment

As a genetic counselor, creating a family history is one of my greatest tools for clinical practice. It helps me assess an individual’s risk for a particular genetic condition, establish rapport with my patient, and educate on the features and variability of a genetic condition. For many years, family history was a manual process, where stencils …


  • By Billy Chen
  • Posted June 25, 2018

Coming of Age: Whole Exome Sequencing

Whole exome sequencing (WES) is an efficient way to identify genetic variants in all of an individual's genes. It does this by sequencing the functionally relevant regions of approximately 20,000 genes of the human genome.  Compared to traditional genetic testing trajectory, which tends to be more time-consuming, recent studies indicate WES can …


  • By Andy Castro
  • Posted June 19, 2018

Food for Thought: Genetic Testing and the Fight Against Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Summer has arrived, and with it comes our seasonal obsession with barbecues, ice cream, and other less-than-healthy (but delicious, nonetheless) food options. Most of us will just be putting our beach bodies in jeopardy with our overindulgence, but for a large portion of the population, there will something much greater at stake: a significantly …


  • By Brooke Overstreet
  • Posted May 15, 2018

Increase the Detection of Patients with Hereditary Cancer

  Identifying patients with hereditary cancer is critical, so that you can gather additional information for personalized risk counseling and management planning. The first step is to use personal and family history information to find out which patients may be candidates for genetic testing. With tools like our hereditary cancer questionnaire, …


  • By Kelly D. F. Hagman, MS, CGC
  • Posted May 11, 2018

EducateNext: Ambry's CEU Credit Webinars

  For years, Ambry has been offering educational webinars to our employees as a way to make sure genetic counselors across multiple functions within the company were always up to date on the latest research. Now, we are opening up this program to all genetics professionals, in the form of a new program called EducateNext. This program will present …


  • By Stephany Tandy-Connor, MS
  • Posted March 28, 2018

Genetic testing at home or from the doctor’s office – same difference?

  There has been a lot of talk about Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing and the caveats that come along with that type of testing, but what does it all really mean? What is the actual difference between a DTC genetic test and a genetic test ordered by a medical professional through a clinical laboratory? There are several things that make …


  • By Stephany Tandy-Connor, MS
  • Posted March 22, 2018

False-positive results released by direct-to-consumer genetic tests highlight the importance of clinical confirmation testing for appropriate patient care

The explosion of direct-to-consumer genetic testing over the last few years has created a ton of buzz, beyond just ancestry, health traits and wine preferences. Many of these DTC labs also release raw data to the consumer; this often leaves many individuals interested in what these findings mean and their potential impact on their healthcare …


  • By Jessica Profato
  • Posted February 15, 2018

Using Family History to Guide Cancer Prevention

There are many factors that impact your patients’ risk to develop certain cancers, including whether or not they have a family history of the disease, which can significantly impact the likelihood they may develop cancers such as breast, colorectal, and prostate. Individuals with a strong family history of cancer may have a hereditary cancer …


  • By David Pfeifer
  • Posted December 18, 2017

Have a Little Heart: The Growing Segment of Cardiovascular Genetics

From consumers, to physicians to genetic counselors, the importance of heart health is taking center stage in genetics. Clinicians from all specialties are recognizing the benefits of cardiovascular genetic testing; inherited arrhythmias, cardiomyopathies, thoracic aortic aneurysms, and familial hypercholesterolemia are becoming more commonly discussed …