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The Value of Test Turnaround Time

Posted by Derek Stevens on May 3, 2017 3:33:00 PM


While most molecular genetic test results are not needed immediately to alter patient care, we realize getting to a result faster is clinically important. The time required to report a case may be impacted by the size of the gene, the number of genes on a panel, the testing methodology employed, the need to reanalyze a portion of a gene that is difficult to sequence, and the research time needed to properly interpret findings. It’s important that all diagnostic laboratories strike a correct balance between these factors and clinical need.

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Topics: improved turnaround time, NGS panels

The EGL Genetics 2.0 Initiative - Ready For Launch!

Posted by Derek Stevens on Feb 22, 2017 3:00:00 PM

For the past year, we've been keeping all of our clients and the genetics community updated on our progress towards moving into a brand new, state-of-the-art facility. Following last weekend's final push, we've successfully moved into our new home located at 2460 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Tucker, GA 30084.

And, we've successfully passed a State of Georgia inspection with zero deficiencies! Now that our facility has been upgraded, it's time to take a hard look at improving our service levels, with the goal of exceeding industry standards. 

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Topics: EGL Genetics, Emory Genetics Laboratory, Billing Support, Enhanced Client Services, New Client Portal Features, Improved Turnaround Times

2016 Year in Review

Posted by Derek Stevens on Dec 8, 2016 11:33:42 AM

Emory Genetics Laboratory was founded in 1970 and while our long history is full of many scientific and technologic innovations, first-to-market genetic testing options, and experts in the field of medical genetics, 2016 has been one of our greatest years yet.


Thanks to the joint venture formed by Emory University and Eurofins Scientific, a global leader in clinical diagnostics and genomic services, Emory Genetics Laboratory will be reaching even higher heights with a brand new, 61,000-sq-ft, state-of-the-art laboratory.


New home, new name. That’s right, after 46 years of serving our clients as Emory Genetics Laboratory, we’ll soon transition to a new brand identity.

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Topics: genetic testing, New employees, new building, new laboratory, Emory University School of Medicine, genetic counseling, 2016, Eurofins, Year in Review, new president, joint venture

EGL Features The Miller Family For National Caregivers Month

Posted by Derek Stevens on Nov 17, 2016 11:17:00 AM

This month's guest blogger, Peggy, shares a personal story about her son, Bret, and the foundation that came from a shocking diagnosis.

My name is Peggy Miller. I am a mother of four and on April 28, 2010 I received an unimaginable task from God. Bret, my second son, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24. He discovered a lump on his right breast at 17, but all the doctors told us is that it was calcium and he was becoming a man. At the time, our family didn’t know where to turn.

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Topics: cancer, breast cancer, male breast cancer, caregiver

Meet the Team: Spotlight on Emory's Down Syndrome Clinic

Posted by Derek Stevens on Oct 27, 2016 11:11:00 AM

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month. Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring condition that is caused by changes in a person’s chromosomes. Specifically, it is caused by having three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two. One out of every 691 babies born in the United States is born with Down syndrome.

All people with Down syndrome experience some degree of intellectual disability. This means they will learn more slowly than other people. Children with Down syndrome will learn to do most things that other children do, but they will do them later than their peers.

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Topics: awareness, Down syndrome, Down Syndrome Clinic at Emory

October is Gaucher Disease Awareness Month!

Posted by Derek Stevens on Oct 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM

October is designated as Gaucher Disease Awareness Month and to increase awareness, we invited guest blogger, Dawn Laney, the founder and CEO of and a certified clinical genetic counselor, to share important information about this metabolic disorder. As you read her contribution, we hope you learn helpful information about Gaucher disease and where to find invaluable resources.

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Topics: awareness, Gaucher disease, rare disease

EGL Supports Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day

Posted by Derek Stevens on Sep 29, 2016 11:00:00 AM


 Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) is a descriptive term applied to a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of childhood- and adult-onset muscular dystrophies. LGMD is characterized by weakness and wasting restricted to the limb musculature; usually proximal muscles early on, then distal muscles later. There are more than 50 genes associated with LGMD that have various modes of inheritance. This, combined with a vast variability in age of onset, progression, and distribution of weakness, makes the diagnosis of a specific subtype of LGMD a challenge. And for some individuals, the science of genetics hasn’t caught up to their clinical diagnosis.

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Topics: LGMD Awareness Day, LGMD, Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy



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