• By Stephany Tandy-Connor, MS
  • Posted May 4, 2017

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Taking the Trend to the Next Level…Responsibly

Our DNA tells a story — it tells us who we are. With advancements in genetic testing and an increased awareness in personalized healthcare, interest in direct-to-consumer (DTC) testing is on the rise. DTC genetic testing companies have made limited genetic testing for the general population readily accessible to healthy individuals. However, …


  • By Deepti Babu, MS, CGC
  • Posted April 10, 2017

Can Patients with Hematological Cancer Have Genetic Testing?

The short answer is: Genetic testing is possible, but depends on other factors. The question of whether genetic testing is possible for patients with a history of hematological cancer comes up often in the clinical setting and in the testing laboratory. This makes sense since genetic testing is performed on DNA isolated from white blood cells …


  • By Deepti Babu, MS, CGC
  • Posted April 3, 2017

Current Genetic Testing Guidelines Miss Some Families with CDH1 Mutations

Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC) is an inherited cancer syndrome caused by CDH1 gene mutations. It occurs most frequently in Japan and eastern Asia; current incidence in the U.S. is estimated at 10-40 individuals per 100,000.1 Individuals with mutations in the CDH1 gene have up to an 80% lifetime risk of diffuse gastric …


  • By Jackie Connor
  • Posted March 14, 2017

Four Reasons Why Genetic Testing Matters to the Individual with Colorectal Cancer

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, and more than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and 39,000 new cases of rectal cancer are estimated for 2017, according to the American Cancer Society. Up to 10% of colorectal cancer is hereditary, or caused by inherited gene mutations. Hereditary …


  • By Jackie Connor
  • Posted February 16, 2017

Scientific Research Consent Made Easy

Since March 2016, Ambry has been collecting data samples from researchers through the data sharing program AmbryShare, with a goal of improving scientific research aimed at making more tailored treatments and/or cures available to clinicians and their patients.  Now anyone can participate in a research study and choose to either submit an e-consent …


  • By Jackie Connor
  • Posted November 3, 2016

Ambry Supports 'Movember' with Clinical Research, Testing Menu Updates and...Mustaches

The many male faces at Ambry are becoming a little scruffier in support of ‘Movember,’ an initiative dedicated to raising awareness about men’s health. While our guys forgo the barber and/or a daily shave, at Ambry, the meaning behind ‘Movember’ goes deeper than the mustachioed men on campus.  Ambry’s constant push for more clinical …