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The Expert Consensus Panel recommends Familial Hypercholesterolemia genetic testing

Genetic testing of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). Although awareness of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is increasing, this common, potentially fatal, treatable condition remains underdiagnosed. Despite FH being a genetic disorder, genetic testing is rarely used. With costs of next-generation DNA sequencing continuing to fall, genetic testing for FH has become more accessible. Most importantly, genetic testing provides a window of opportunity whereby we can identify those individuals at significantly higher risk than the general population for CAD at a given LDL-C level. Early recognition of FH leading to guideline-based therapy will alter the natural history of this highly morbid genetic condition. Read the full article

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Introducing Amsterdam UMC

Since June 2018, Amsterdam UMC (University Medical Centers; AMC and VUmc) represents the largest academic hospital in the Netherlands. AGDx is the genomic laboratory of Amsterdam UMC and we are developing the best genetic tests for patients, for disease prevention, disease diagnosis and treatment. AGDx performs at the top of international scientific research and we make medical breakthroughs available, as Amsterdam UMC is one of the leading international centers in the field of academic medicine. AGDx performs tests under government license. Better be safe than sorry: for the vast majority of our genetic panels, we garantee 100% coverage, plus CNV analyses. This coverage percentage of 100%, is called Quality A.

Due to new regulations, there are new prices for genetic testing. As you may have noticed, prices for some tests went up, other prices went down. The price of the test can be found in the catalog. Please contact us if you have questions about the price of a specific test. Special prices are available for large amounts of test requests and regular customers. We do our best to perform at competitive prices and turn-around times, however quality and academic test interpretation is our first priority. We are happy to share our knowledge and experience of clinical genetic testing with you.

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New standard for obesity and dyslipidemia

The aim of AGDx is to provide medical specialists with clear genetic diagnostic reports. By special in-house designed targeted NGS panels, genomic analyses for obesity or dyslipidemia is accessible for a large group of healthcare professionals. We do not believe in “the more the better” with regard to the number of genes included in diagnostic panels. Not just a comprehensive list of genes, but selected genes, proven to be of clinical importance for diagnosis and/or treatment, are included in the panels.

By transferring the panels from NGS whole exome sequencing to NGS targeted sequencing, we can reach the sequence coverage >99,9% with an improved CNV analyses. Since we have many requests for these tests, we can now offer these two genepanels, dyslipidemia and obesity (obesitome), at a very competitive price. The targeted panel for obesity is available since April 2018. By launching these targeted gene panels, we set a new standard for genetic testing of obesity and dyslipidemia 2018.