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Employee Spotlight: 2019 Genetic Counselor Match Day

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We are pleased to announce that six of our employees were recently accepted into Genetic Counseling Graduate Schools. Only about 400 students enter training programs each year at 45 US accredited training programs and 4 Canadian programs. As described below, all of these programs send out their offer letters to applicants on exactly the same day: Match Day, which this year was April 26.

Comprehensive Hearing Loss Testing at PreventionGenetics

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Hearing loss is one of the most frequent congenital anomalies, affecting up to 1 in 500 newborns worldwide (Sloan-Heggen, et al. 2016). While both genetic and environmental factors contribute to hearing loss, an estimated 80% of pre-lingual hearing loss is due to genetic causes. PreventionGenetics offers a comprehensive and flexible test menu for hearing loss. Our new 190-gene Hereditary Hearing Loss and Deafness Sequencing Panel with CNV Detection covers both sydromic and non-syndromic hearing loss.

PreventionGenetics Partners with the Little Zebra Fund to Provide Clinical Genetic Tests

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MARSHFIELD, Wis., April 8, 2019 -- PreventionGenetics today announced a partnership with the Little Zebra Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to clinical genetic testing for patients in the San Francisco Bay Area. The organization was founded by two physicians who specialize in making rare diagnoses and recognize the value of genetic testing in ending the diagnostic odyssey.  The Little Zebra Fund offers financial assistance to qualified patients for genetic testing; funds must be requested by a healthcare provider.

Intellectual Disability and Austism

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In 1987 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month as a way to increase public awareness of intellectual disabilities. April was declared Autism Awareness Month in 1970 to educate the country about autism and promote inclusion.

As ASD and ID are often comorbid, PreventionGenetics offers the Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disability (ASD-ID) Comprehensive Sequencing Panel.  This large panel consists of 2,066 genes that have been shown to have at least a potential association with ASD-ID phenotypes.

Six Ways We Contribute to STEM Education Within Our Community 

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At PreventionGenetics, we have always believed in giving back to our community. This is especially true when we have the privilege to support local organizations interested in helping students and adults gain access to high-quality education.  “The chance to foster individuals’ interests in genetics and contribute to public engagement with STEM has been a positive experience for PreventionGenetics,” noted Dr. James Weber, Founder and CEO of PreventionGenetics. “Our company is dedicated to supporting education at all levels.”