• 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 Melissa Parra, MS, CGC
  • Posted June 30, 2017

How to Build a Smarter Panel

At Ambry, we offer many different options for genetic testing, sometimes more than one for the same disease, which we call “panels”. Ambry’s multi-gene testing panels are comprised of genes that have a threshold of evidence between a gene and the disorder for which a patient is being tested.  These panels are made up of genes that are known …


  • By Deepti Babu, MS, CGC
  • Posted May 18, 2017

How are Direct-to-Consumer and Medical-Grade Genetic Tests Different?

As we find more ways to take charge of our health, genetic testing is becoming something that many consider and, in fact, has become easier to access than ever before. An appointment with a doctor or genetic counselor is no longer required to access genetic testing – for some types of genetic tests, it’s now possible to order a test kit online, …


  • By Deepti Babu, MS, CGC
  • Posted October 11, 2016

New Research Confirms Sanger Sequencing is Critical for Accurate Genetic Testing

As anyone in the genetics field knows, things change quickly. New genes are being discovered, new technology is being adopted and new tests are being offered daily. It’s hard to keep up. But last Thursday, a new Ambry Genetics scientific publication in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics justified Ambry’s ongoing commitment to something …