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Whole Exome Sequencing – CentoXome®

Most of the disease-causing mutations that science has been able to identify so far are located within the exons. Whereas most genetic tests focus on a single gene or on a set number of predetermined genes, whole exome sequencing examines thousands of genes simultaneously.

Articles on Whole Exome Sequencing

  • 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…

  • An Unusual Kind of Repeat Expansion Disorder

    Repeat expansions are the cause of Huntington’s disease and several forms of ataxia. The affected repeat units are usually three to six nucleotides in length, and pathogenic alleles have accumulated at least several dozen units. In a newly described neurological disorder, a single extra unit of a…

  • Diagnostic Relevance of Intronic Variants

    Proper splicing of mRNA requires certain DNA sequence motifs. Since these motifs are very diverse, the effects of variants in them are not easy to predict. By combining CENTOGENE’s genetic testing with the histology of patient samples, an unusual intronic variant was recently revealed to be clearly…

  • Utilization of CentoMD® in Scientific Settings

    The interpretation of newly observed genetic variants that are suspected to cause disease requires knowledge about their occurrence in different populations. CENTOGENE’s uniquely rich and diverse database - CentoMD® - is frequently encountered by academic consortia in need of such information. A…