Why is Estimating Rare Disease Prevalence So Hard?

A recently published paper revealed that the prevalence of ENPP1 deficiency is more than triple the previous estimate. In this blog, co-author and Genomic Science Liaison Lauren Chunn explains why this paper is a must-read for orphan drug developers.

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Discrepancies in Variant Classifications and How to Resolve Them

Variant classification discrepancies – where clinical laboratories and clinicians/genetic counselors disagree about the clinical meaningfulness of a variant – can impede the accurate diagnosis and subsequent treatment of patients.

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ASHG and ICoNS – Event Recap and Insights from the CSO

Last week, I was in Los Angeles for ASHG. It was great to return in person after the pandemic pause to exchange ideas with industry and academic leaders in genetics. There is something irreplaceable about speaking face-to-face to make real connections and have lively discussions.

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Diagnostic Perspectives from Lurie Children’s Hospital: The Value of Mastermind in Clinical CNV Interpretation

In a recent webinar, Dr. Kai Lee Yap, Director of Molecular Diagnostics at Lurie Children’s Hospital, speaks with the Genomenon team about how Mastermind is streamlining the variant interpretation process within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

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ClinVar in Mastermind

The latest update to Mastermind has integrated ClinVar, a public database of clinically observed variants and their pathogenicity interpretations by the clinical labs that submitted the variants. This can often serve as a quick jumping off point for deciding to further investigate a given variant based on the evidence provided in Mastermind.

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Mastermind: The Engine Behind the Future of Newborn Sequencing

Last month’s World Orphan Drug Congress brought together more than 250 insightful speakers, including a key leader from Rady Children’s Hospital who focused on the new new BeginNGS™ (pronounced “beginnings”) program, based at the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM).

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