|Sherrie Perkins, MD, PhD|
Counsyl, South San Francisco, has partnered with ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, a nonprofit enterprise of the University of Utah, to expand its services for prepregnancy and early pregnancy genetic testing for prospective parents.
Included in the Counsyl test are life-threatening conditions, such as spinal muscular atrophy, Smith-Lemli-Opitz, and Tay-Sachs disease. Several inherited metabolic disorders that can be treated with dietary modifications and supplements are also part of the test.
For tests not performed at ARUP, high-quality test performance and exceptional clinical utility are the two primary criteria used by ARUP in the selection of its laboratory partners.
The Counsyl test uses high throughput technology to simultaneously screen for more than 400 genetic variants from one tube of blood.
[Source: ARUP Laboratories]