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Dx Focus Apr 22, 2010: Clinical and Regulatory PCR and Nucleic Acid Testing News


SpectraCell Laboratories said this week that it now offers apolipoprotein E genotyping testing.

This PCR-based test is used to measure apoE levels in patients, determining their genetic risk for heart disease associated with the gene, which is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol and triglycerides.

SpectraCell, based in Houston, said that the test only needs to be administered once, but is best when used in conjunction with additional lipid profiling tests. The test requires only a simple non-fasting blood draw, and costs $150, though it is typically covered by insurance, SpectraCell said.

BioServe said this week that it will provide genetic testing services for NGC Medical's NutriGeneCode testing service.

BioServe, based in Beltsville, Md., will provide Italy's NGC Medical with its CLIA-certified genomics services, including DNA extraction, QC DNA, and control DNA, for NutriGeneCode testing.

The NutriGeneCode test uses a saliva sample to identify 50 SNPs that are involved in cellular aging and body response, such as lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, hypertension, inflammation, oxidation, and detoxification reactions and DNA repair.

BioServe said that it expects to process around 10,000 NutriGeneCode tests in the next year.

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