Molecular Diagnostics

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Test tubes hold samples of DNA that will be sent for molecular diagnostic testing.

Credit: Robert A. Lisak

You have likely heard about mail-order genetic DNA testing kits. By providing a saliva sample you can receive a DNA analysis of the particular code in your cells that makes you unique. This consumer-facing diagnostic test, referred to by one startup as a genetic "service," has taken the world by storm in recent years. 

But John Howe, PhD, director of the molecular diagnostics laboratory at Yale School of Medicine, explains that these at-home kits cannot provide the level of detail and information that patients receive from a place like the Yale Center for Genomic Analysis. 

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.