Guest Blog: Julian’s 4 stem cell transplants – his mom shares their story for Rare Disease Day

Julian's story of 4 stem cell transplants

To help raise awareness of rare disease dyskeratosis congenita, Julian’s mom Mayra has kindly shared his journey through 4 stem cell transplants this Rare Disease Day. At the age of 3, our son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called, dyskeratosis congenita. We were really fortunate our search led us to the Jimmy Fund […]

What are short telomeres?

What are short telomeres?

In this blog we examine what short telomeres are and what short telomere syndromes can mean for certain individuals.   What are telomeres for? Our chromosomes need to be protected to prevent damage, or them fusing with other chromosomes. Telomeres are the protective structures found on the end of chromosomes. They are made up of thousands […]

Happy Holidays: RepeatDx closure dates

RepeatDx holiday closures

Please be aware of the RepeatDx holiday closure dates when shipping samples for telomere length testing. If you have any questions please contact us to discuss options. Holiday closure dates Wednesday 23 December Open Thursday 24 December Open Friday 25 December Closed Monday 28 December Closed Tuesday 29 December Open Wednesday 30 December Open Thursday […]

Guest blog: Heather shares her experience with IPF for PF Awareness Month

Heather shares her experience with IPF for PF Awareness Month

This Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month we have a guest blog from Heather, who is kindly sharing her experience with IPF to help raise awareness. IPF diagnosis I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in February, 2013. I was 43 years old. My father and grandfather both passed from IPF so I knew there was […]

Guest blog: Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation launches Hope Breathes Here

Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Hope Breathes Here Awareness Month

This guest blog from the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation marks Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month and explains the events and activities they have coordinated for September. Register now for fun and informative activities during Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month Despite the pandemic, Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month this September may be the best ever from the Canadian Pulmonary […]

Guest blog: PFF presents Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month 2020

Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

In support of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month we are pleased to share a guest blog from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation explaining the theme for this year’s campaign, and how to get involved.  September marks Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month (PFAM), presented by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). This annual awareness campaign spreads the word about pulmonary fibrosis […]

3 benefits of a 6-panel telomere test

Benefits of a 6-panel telomere test

RepeatDx offers both 2- and 6-panel tests, here we outline some of the advantages of ordering the 6-panel telomere test. What telomere length tests are available? There are a range of telomere length tests available, however, the clinical laboratory at RepeatDx conducts specialist Flow FISH telomere testing (fluorescence in situ hybridization with flow cytometry). This […]

Why do we need telomeres?

Why do we need telomeres?

Over the past 30 years we have learned a lot about telomeres, including what they are and where they are found. In this blog we will discuss why exactly we need telomeres and the important processes that they have a role in. What are telomeres made of? Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences found at the […]