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Quest Diagnostics Discovers New Genetic Mutations Affecting Cystic Fibrosis Screening
Date:4/27/2009

Diagnostics is one of the leading providers of pre- and post-natal and carrier genetic screening. In March 2009, the company announced that it operates one of only three laboratories approved by the state of New York to perform microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) postnatal testing, using its ClariSure aCGH postnatal test, for copy-number chromosomal abnormalities implicated in mental retardation, birth defects, and autism spectrum and developmental disorders. The company also provides a broad-based population screening technology designed to help determine whether parents are carriers of the genetic mutation that causes Fragile X syndrome, the most common form of inherited mental retardation. In 2002, the company launched its CF Complete test, which enables physicians to identify rare mutations that cause CF by sequencing the complete coding sequence of the cystic fibrosis gene.

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Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at www.questdiagnostics.com.

(1) Grody W: Cystic fibrosis testing comes of age. J Mol Diagn 2009, 173-175

(2) Hanta FM, Reburying A, Pang M, Redman JOB, Sun W, Strom CM: Apparent homozygosity of a novel frame shift mutation in the CFTR gene because of a large deletion. J Mol Diagn 2009, 253-256

(3) Schwartz KM, Pike-Buchanan L
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