Category: Molecular Pathology

Update on SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Two SARS-COV-2 variants are currently getting coverage in the press, namely BA.2.86 and EG.5. Both are subvariants or lineages of Omicron, however, renewed interest has stemmed from the large number of mutations detected in these viruses. For example, BA.2.86 has more...

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is a common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, characterised by enlarged ovaries with cyst formation, ovulatory dysfunction, and/or elevated androgens. Although it is known that PCOS is an insulin resistant metabolic...

Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS)

Placental DNA circulates freely in the maternal blood stream which can be sampled by venipuncture of the expecting mother. NIPS is able to test for extra chromosome 13, 18 or 21 material in foetal placental DNA. The foetal DNA originates from placental trophoblasts. ...