• By Elizabeth Chao, MD, FACMG
  • Posted February 29, 2024

10 Ways Genetic Laboratories Can Support the Rare Disease Community

Rare diseases are not as rare as one might think—there are more than 6,000 identified rare diseases affecting over 300 million people worldwide. Over 70% of rare diseases have a genetic cause, and as a leading commercial laboratory, we understand the important role we play in the rare disease community. Every day, we provide genetic test results …


  • By Catherine Schultz, MS, CGC
  • Posted February 26, 2024

From Awareness to Action: Supporting Rare Disease Today and Everyday

February 29th, the rarest day in the calendar, serves as a beacon of hope and solidarity for those affected by the rarest of diseases. Rare Disease Day is dedicated to raising awareness about rare diseases and the millions of individuals around the world affected by them.   It is also a time to shine a light on the incredible work being done …


  • By Carrie Horton, MS, CGC
  • Posted February 23, 2024

Variant Interpretation in Real Time: Sometimes it Takes a Village

Every individual's genetic makeup is unique, containing the blueprint for their health, including susceptibility to diseases and potential response to treatments. But understanding your genes is like deciphering a complex code. DNA varies slightly from person to person, and interpreting the medical significance of those differences, or variants, …


  • By Meagan Farmer
  • Posted February 21, 2024

A GC’s Perspective on Lab Expertise: Getting Answers After Years of Uncertainty

Kaitlin Stokes is a genetic counselor at Houston Methodist West in Houston, TX. She sees patients with personal or family histories of cancer that may be due to an underlying hereditary cause. We recently connected with Kaitlin about her role, and she shared, “I love what I do because I feel like I’m helping people. I’m giving them control …


  • By Lisa Kindel
  • Posted February 12, 2024

Meet Raymonde Saintil: Ambry Clinical Lab Manager

Sunday, February 11, is International Day of Girls and Women in Science and Ambry Genetics celebrates that daily. Named one of the “Best Places for Women to Work” in 2020, the women of Ambry Genetics exemplify the importance of their contribution in every role.  One Ambry employee, Raymonde Saintil, embodies the spirit of this day with passion …


  • By Liese Vito, MD
  • Posted February 7, 2024

CARE Patient Examples at Lake Health

Many patients are anxious about their family history—more than providers realize. In some cases, they may feel like a ticking time bomb with no options. In Part One of this blog series, I talked about The Ambry CARE ProgramTM and how Lake Health has been able to use it to identify more high-risk patients, increase family history and cancer risk …


  • By Meghan Towne, MS, CGC, LCGC
  • Posted January 30, 2024

Ambry Collaborations with GeneMatcher Help Further Disease Gene Discovery and Improve Diagnostic Rates

The Problem of Unsolved Cases While our knowledge of human genetics has grown significantly, many gaps remain in our understanding of genes and their contribution to human disease.1-3 We have a lot to learn: •    Only about 16% of all the genes in the human body have an established disease association. •    The genetic cause is known …


  • By Liese Vito, MD
  • Posted January 24, 2024

Hereditary Cancer Testing with CARE

According to studies, 93% of high-risk women who qualify for breast MRI have not had one.1 97% of women at risk for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer have not had genetic testing.2 These healthcare gaps mean high-risk patients are being missed when it comes to proactive and preventative care. As a practicing OB-GYN for twenty years, I have seen …


  • By Jessica Scott, MGC, CGC
  • Posted January 17, 2024

The Patient Impact of Lab Expertise and Collaboration

“My advice for clinicians and healthcare providers who are ordering genetic testing is [that they] should feel that they are partners with the lab,” explains Chana Ratner, Genetic Counselor at Hackensack University Medical Center. We were grateful for the opportunity to connect with Chana and to discuss her experience as a clinical genetic …


  • By Marcy Richardson, PhD
  • Posted December 19, 2023

The Path to Clinical Relevance: What a Study on RAD51C Reveals about Resolving VUS

Everyone has genetic variation….and lots of it. It’s part of what makes us each unique. Genetic variation is defined by differences in our own genome and a reference genome. (The fact that there is only one reference genome selected to compare to all of our collective, rich, human diversity is a topic for another post.) Another source of genetic …