What is telomerase?

What is telomerase?

What is telomerase?

Telomerase is an enzyme whose main function is the maintenance of telomeres. Here we examine what the purpose of telomerase is and the impact when it doesn’t work as it should. What is telomerase? Telomeres are the protective caps found at the end of our chromosomes and they act by preventing damage or fusion with […]

15 Facts about RepeatDx to Celebrate our 15th Anniversary

RepeatDx 15th anniversary

RepeatDx was established in British Columbia, Canada in May 2005. Fifteen years on, as we celebrate our anniversary, we wanted to take a moment to share some quick telomere testing facts. RepeatDx telomere testing facts Dr Peter Lansdorp developed the Flow FISH telomere testing protocol RepeatDx was established as a spin-off from his lab at […]

Why order a telomere test?

Why order a telomere test?

With research and clinical applications for telomere length measurements increasing we discuss some situations when it may be helpful for physicians or researchers to order a telomere test. There are many situations in which telomere length measurements can be helpful, both in clinical care and in research settings. For the former, telomere test results can […]

What is a telomere biology disorder (or telomeropathy)?

What is Telomere Biology Disorder word cloud

There are multiple different terms for telomere biology disorders, here we explain what they are and what conditions they can encompass. Telomere biology disorders Telomere biology disorders (TBDs) are a complex set of conditions defined by genetic deficits affecting telomere maintenance and by the presence of very short telomeres. These disorders can also be referred […]

Update: RepeatDx and COVID-19

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. While the risk in North Vancouver, British Columbia remains low, we are taking all available precautions to ensure the health and safety of our employees and partners as our utmost priority. To ensure samples reach us in a timely manner we recommend using […]

Guest blog: Mike shares his experience with dyskeratosis congenita for Rare Disease Day

Mike shares his story with dyskeratosis congenita to mark Rare Disease Day

To mark Rare Disease Day, we have a guest blog from Mike who is kindly willing to share his experience with familial dyskeratosis congenita.  Hello, my name is Mike and I have a rare disease. It is called Dyskeratosis Congenita (DC) and it runs in my family. My father and my uncle (his twin) had […]

Guest blog: CORD and Rare Disease Day

CORD - Rare Disease Day - RepeatDx

Durhane Wong-Rieger, President & CEO of CORD (Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders), has kindly shared this guest blog explaining why this year is so important for CORD and how they will be getting involved with Rare Disease Day 2020.  Rare Disease Day 2020 – A Significant Watershed Every four years, International Rare Disease Day falls […]