Appropriate plan for diagnostic testing can be prepared with help from a clinical geneticist. After an interview and examination of patient’s situation, she will be able to determine which tests should perform. The analysis can be performed with blood or saliva. Increasingly there are more and more mail-order kits available online. Patients can order them from home, provide the saliva sample and send it back to the lab. However, before buying a test, it would be worthwhile to take a careful look at the laboratory that performs the test.
The experience and methods used in the laboratory should be considered while making a decision. Genetic studies are one the fastest growing sectors of medical diagnostics. Testing methodology used in this field 10 years ago has already been superseded by their successive generations. The newer molecular biology tool is used, the better the quality of diagnostics. The highest quality of genetic testing is achieved when the laboratory employs highly trained staff and has an independent molecular biology laboratory, equipped with the latest generation of hardware. In such conditions, the methodology is continuously updated, and patient wait time for result is shortened to just a few days – explains Sebastian Pukszta, Ph.D of INVICTA Medical Laboratories.
Currently, the method considered to be the most reliable tool for DNA analysis is the next-generation sequencing (NGS).