Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Correlagen Diagnostics: GeneExplorer

Premium
Correlagen Diagnostics announced this week it is offering the HCM Sequencing Test for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
 
A genetic test for HCM, an inherited disease, can confirm whether a patient with unclear symptoms has the disease. Correlagen’s HCM Sequencing Test requires a cheek swab or a small blood sample from the patient. The company said physicians would send samples to Correlagen for analysis. However, the company did not specify which gene mutations it would test for.
 
“Correlagen’s highly automated testing processes allow for fast, accurate detection of disease-causing mutations in the genes known to be associated with most cases of familial HCM,” the company said in a statement. “Mutations detected in the genes are evaluated in the context of the current scientific literature, and a comprehensive report is prepared to help a patient’s physician understand and explain the results of DNA sequencing to the patient.”
 
HCM, affecting one out of 500 people in the US, is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in children and young adults and accounts for 40 percent of all deaths on athletic playing fields across the US, according to the company. HCM patients are usually treated with beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators or ICDs.

Filed under

The Scan

Study Finds Sorghum Genetic Loci Influencing Composition, Function of Human Gut Microbes

Focusing on microbes found in the human gut microbiome, researchers in Nature Communications identified 10 sorghum loci that appear to influence the microbial taxa or microbial metabolite features.

Treatment Costs May Not Coincide With R&D Investment, Study Suggests

Researchers in JAMA Network Open did not find an association between ultimate treatment costs and investments in a drug when they analyzed available data on 60 approved drugs.

Sleep-Related Variants Show Low Penetrance in Large Population Analysis

A limited number of variants had documented sleep effects in an investigation in PLOS Genetics of 10 genes with reported sleep ties in nearly 192,000 participants in four population studies.

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.