Did you know that DNA extracted from saliva can provide a viable alternative to invasive venepuncture for many DNA based tests?

At VCGS, we routinely use DNA isolated from saliva for many of our DNA based tests.

Test performance is equal to DNA from a blood sample and saliva provides an ideal alternative to blood. This is particularly useful for children with behavioural conditions, such as autism spectrum disorders, or for when travelling to a collection centre is difficult, such as remote or rural settings.

In 2016, Victoria is celebrating 50 years of the newborn screening program. Based at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) plays a vital role in this program. VCGS operates the screening laboratory for the State and has analysed nearly 80,000 newborn blood samples in 2015.

The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) is one of only a few pathology providers in Australia to receive accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for its whole-exome sequencing service and the first in Victoria. This means VCGS can offer the latest in genetic sequencing technology to patients and providers across the country.

Our 'reproductive genetic carrier screen' (RGCS) has changed names and is now known as prepairTM.

The prepairTM genetic carrier screen gives individuals and couples information about their chance of having a child with cystic fibrosis (CF), fragile X syndrome (FXS) or spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Regardless of family history, couples should be offered information about carrier screening before pregnancy. Awareness of carrier status prior to conception gives couples greater reproductive choice.