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CENTOGENE’s Scientific Publications

  • Improving Diagnostic Options for Rare Diseases

    A diagnostic strategy for rare diseases based on a combination of standard laboratory parameters has long been sought after. To help advance this approach, CENTOGENE actively participates in corresponding research initiatives. Data from one such study, addressing Gaucher disease, was recently…

  • Modifiers of Genetic Disease

    Therapeutic strategies for monogenic diseases may be derived from the identification and understanding of disease-modifying factors. Researchers at CENTOGENE have been applying this rather novel approach, including in collaborative settings with academic colleagues from institutions around the…

  • A Novel Genetic Cause for Autoinflammation

    Genetic inflammatory disorders are quite rare, particularly those presenting with a pathological increase, rather than decrease, of inflammatory activity. A global consortium, of which CENTOGENE was a part of, recently identified a novel autoinflammatory disorder that primarily affects the nervous…

  • Globally Rare – Locally Common

    Genetic diseases that are generally rare may still have a high prevalence in certain geographic regions. As a major diagnostic partner for physicians in certain countries, CENTOGENE has been able to systematically investigate patient cases based on highly uniform data sets. A corresponding study…

  • One Gene – Two Modes of Inheritance

    While most genetic disorders have one clearly defined mode of inheritance, the existence of rare exceptions is being increasingly recognized. A recent diagnostic finding at CENTOGENE revealed that mutations in PRKD1 can cause heart defects not only in an autosomal dominant, but also in an autosomal…

  • Six Novel Gene-Disease Associations

    While technology has advanced over the past ten years, more than half of patients with genetic diseases remain undiagnosed, even after applying genome-wide diagnostic approaches. By performing deep genetic analyses and Bio/Databank mining, CENTOGENE discovered six novel gene-disease associations and…

  • Recognition of CENTOGENE's Scientific Expertise

    Review articles constitute a unique type of scientific publication, as they summarize, rather than present, observations and interpretations. In prestigious journals, they are commonly provided by the most recognized experts in the field. A pertinent example involving CENTOGENE authorship was…

  • A Genetic Cause for Infectious Disease

    While infectious diseases are commonly connected to environmental factors, genetic defects in some genes can strongly increase a person’s susceptibility to infections. Data generated at CENTOGENE helped to identify yet another example of this rare phenomenon. The findings, which revealed a novel…

  • The Importance of Neuronal Membrane Biology

    Nerve cells have a uniquely large surface-to-volume ratio, suggesting a central role for proper membrane turnover in these cells. A recent study confirmed this paradigm by showing that a membrane fusion protein is mutated in patients with a novel form of ataxia. These findings, which critically…

  • A Dispute on Rare Disease Diagnostic Offerings

    CENTOGENE was amongst the first providers of diagnostic Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and published real-life experience with this technology in 2020. That paper was subsequently challenged in a ‘Letter to the Editor’ by a competitor. We happily accepted the offer to draft a reply – advocating our…