• By Stephany Tandy-Connor, MS, CGC
  • 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, CGC
  • 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 …


  • By Aaron Schmidt
  • Posted December 18, 2017

Ambry Celebrates a Milestone Year

Ambry Celebrates a Milestone Year Ambry is looking forward to an exciting 2018, after experiencing a year of reaching important milestones and seeing many changes in 2017. From joining the Konica Minolta family, to the launch of our paired testing in our mission to understand all disease, to say it was a busy year is an understatement. Test Launches Ambry …


  • By Billy Chen
  • Posted December 13, 2017

Finding Answers to Neurological Disorders with Clinical Exome Sequencing

At Ambry, “Finding Answers” is at the core of what we do.  We know patients and clinicians depend on us to find answers that help them better understand diseases, and improve outcomes.   2017 has been a busy and productive year for Ambry.  In particular, using Ambry’s clinical exome test, ExomeNext, we have been successful in identifying …


  • By Jessica Profato
  • Posted December 6, 2017

How Ambry Affected Hereditary Cancer Testing in 2017

It has been an exciting and busy year at Ambry Genetics, packed with steps forward on our path towards understanding all human disease. We have continued our dedication, not only to quality testing, but to innovation, research, and patient advocacy. As we reach the end of 2017, we look forward to an even more impactful 2018 and working together …


  • By Shonee Lesh MS, CGC
  • Posted November 17, 2017

Why Family History and Genetic Testing Should Always Go Together

I have been a genetic counselor for nearly 20 years and in that time, I have worked with everything from prenatal to adult genetics.  No matter which discipline I was working in, family history was always my number one tool.  Everybody’s personal and family history can hold clues to the types of diseases for which they may be at risk.  Therefore, …


  • By Billy Chen
  • Posted November 15, 2017

Precision Medicine for Epilepsy is Within our Reach

Precision medicine is an emerging healthcare model built on the idea that drugs designed to target precise genetic causes of diseases will be cheaper, safer and most importantly, more effective for patients with a mutation.   Although precision medicine applies to all therapeutic areas, the rapid progress in identifying new epilepsy genes represents …


  • By Taylor Leigh
  • Posted November 10, 2017

Why Genetic Counselors are Integral to Ambry

In our more than 20 years of operation, Ambry has come a long way. Looking back, it’s important to remember that we would not be “Ambry Genetics” without our genetic counselors. Ambry is built on the foundation of quality genetic testing that helps people find answers – and genetic counselors have been with us from the beginning, working …