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Good Start Genetics to Announce Validation Study Results for its Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Platform During an Oral Presentation at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Date:10/12/2011

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Good Start Genetics,™ Inc., an innovative molecular diagnostics company developing the new gold standard in carrier screening, today announced that it will present results from the technical validation study for its proprietary next-generation DNA sequencing platform at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).  ASRM will be held from October 15-19, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  

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Greg Porreca, Ph.D., a company founder and the Director of Technology, is scheduled to present the data on Tuesday, October 18th during the Procedures and Techniques – Laboratory oral discussion session that will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The presentation (abstract #0201) is titled, "A Novel Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Test for Detection of Disease Mutations in Carrier and Affected Individuals."  

Good Start Genetics' next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform is a highly accurate, high-throughput platform that evaluates patient DNA samples and is expected to yield high detection rates regardless of ethnicity by detection of both common and novel disease-causing mutations associated with recessive genetic disorders.

Routine genetic carrier screening has traditionally employed targeted mutation analysis technologies for genotyping, which, due to cost considerations, are designed to detect only a small number of the most common disease-causing mutations that are prevalent in only specific populations.  The NGS platform developed by Good Start Genetics, however, allows for a more comprehensive determination of carrier status in routine clinical practice because it is not limited to a small targeted mutation set and, therefore, can achieve high clinical sensitivities reg
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