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Ambry Genetics is a privately-held healthcare company with the industry’s most comprehensive suite of genetic testing solutions, benefiting 90% of all U.S. patients covered by public and private insurers. Ambry is dedicated to scientific collaboration and the belief that human health should not be patented or owned.
Ambry Genetics is driven to make genetics a more empowered, collaborative science in order to fulfill the promise of the human genome and help people live healthier lives. By providing a comprehensive test portfolio through the latest genetic testing technology and the highest quality customer service, Ambry enables everyone to experience the benefits of genetic testing. Ambry also offers open access to genomic data and engages researchers collaboratively, with the aim to speed up the discovery process of matching patients with specialized medicines.
1. What is genetic testing?
Genetic testing involves examining your DNA, the chemical data base that carries instructions for your body’s functions. Genetic testing can reveal changes or alterations, called mutations, in your genes that may lead to illness or disease.
(Source: Mayo Clinic) http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/genetic-testing/basics/definition/prc-20014802
2. Is genetic testing for everyone?
Genetic testing might not make sense for everyone. A genetic counselor can help a patient determine their risk for genetic disease and catch genetic diseases at an earlier more treatable phase.
3. Why should someone be tested?
If a person has a genetic disease, their family members might be at an increased risk for that same disease. Genetic testing can help detect diseases before they become serious or guide treatments, surgeries and management that may prevent the disease from becoming worse.
4. What is a genetic counselor?
Genetic Counselors are healthcare professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling. They are trained to help a patient determine and understand their risk for genetic disease. Most enter the field from a variety of disciplines, including biology, genetics, nursing, psychology, public health and social work.
(Source: National Society of Genetic Counselors http://nsgc.org/p/cm/ld/fid=43
5. What makes Ambry different from its competitors?
Ambry Genetics emphasizes quality and accuracy within the genetic testing process by employing multi-step verification process. As a privately held company, Ambry does not worry about cost or profit when determining what technologies to adopt, research to undertake or tests to develop; everything is done with solely the patient in mind. In addition to a patient-minded approach, Ambry gives back to the scientific community by freely sharing aggregated anonymized data so that every patient can contribute towards research and the understanding of disease.
6. What is AmbryShare?
AmbryShare is a program based on Ambry’s commitment to sequence and share aggregate, anonymized genomic data from patients with disease, to understand the genetic basis of all human disease.
(Source: AmbryShare website) http://share.ambrygen.com/about-ambry-share