The Division of Laboratory Genetics at Mayo Clinic actively contributes to the study of genetic disease and the advancement of genetic testing and related technology, with a goal of enhancing clinical patient care. Within each laboratory, board-certified directors and genetic counselors work closely with laboratory supervisors and technologists to ensure that accurate, reliable results are available in a timely manner.
The Cytogenetics Laboratory provides comprehensive services in all types of chromosome studies, including congenital disorders, prenatal diagnosis, and hematologic/oncologic disorders. These studies include both traditional cytogenetics techniques, as well as molecular cytogenetics by FISH and array CGH.
The Molecular Genetics Laboratory provides expertise in DNA/molecular genetic testing for both congenital disorders and hematology/oncology.
The Biochemical Genetics Laboratory is concerned with the evaluation and diagnosis of patients and families with inherited metabolic disease. It monitors treatment and differentiates heterozygous carriers from non-carriers of genes by metabolite and enzymatic analysis of physiological fluids and tissues.
The Fertility Laboratory offers analytic tests for assessing the fertility status of (primarily) male patients. General semen analysis, postvasectomy analysis, antisperm antibody analysis, and the assessment of individual sperm morphology are among the laboratory's work.
Clinical testing at Mayo Clinic benefits from active research and development programs. Development activities in the Division of Laboratory Genetics are focused on improving current test strategies and introducing new genetic tests. All approved tests meet rigid validation standards that include a thorough evaluation of methodology and clinical utility. Our research programs combine the expertise and experience of Mayo scientists to advance the field of genetics and genetic testing.
Laboratory Genetics offers genetic testing through MML, the diagnostic laboratory referral center for Mayo Clinic. MML specializes in providing esoteric laboratory testing for health care organizations throughout the United States and around the world. For more information, visit the Mayo Medical Laboratories Web site.