Asper Biotech recently launched a new carrier test to detect the most common mutations associated with autosomal recessive disorders that are overrepresented in the Hutterite population.
Hutterites are a communal branch of Anabaptists who, like the Amish and Mennonites, trace their roots to the Radical Reformation of the 16th century. Today, about 42,000 Hutterites live in communities in western parts of the US and Canada.
Asper's Hutterite Genetic Diseases Test detects mutations associated with conditions and diseases commonly found in Hutterite populations, including alveolar capillary dysplasia with limb deficiency, arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, and cystic fibrosis. In total, the test covers 35 mutations in 32 genes.
Tartu, Estonia-based Asper relies on its arrayed primer extension-based genotyping technology to carry out its service. The company said on its website that a standard service with a turnaround time of between four and six weeks costs €245 ($330). Its express service, where results are delivered within seven working days, costs €290.