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Many patients show nonspecific and complex clinical pictures. Diagnosis is difficult and means years of uncertainty for those affected. Genetic diagnostics helps you to end your patients’ diagnostic odyssey.

Our innovative approach incorporates all genetic diagnostics, realizes maximum yield, and provides a detailed understanding of a disease’s cause and pathomechanisms. Learn how our CeGaT Exome Xtra can help you solve patient cases and find the best therapeutic option by watching the recording of our free webinar from March 24, 2021.

CeGaT Exome Xtra combines the benefits of whole exome sequencing (WES) and whole genome sequencing (WGS)

Sequencing with CeGaT Exome Xtra covers all medically relevant regions in the entire genome and considers factors that are often overlooked in regular genetic testing.  The inclusion of intronic variants sets CeGaT Exome Xtra apart from commercially available WES and WGS and solves even the most complex patient cases. Regular updates ensure that CeGaT Exome Xtra is always in line with the latest genetics research. For more information on CeGaT Exome Xtra, please click here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at sales@cegat.de.

Free Rapid Antigen Tests: CeGaT Extends Opening Hours to Support the Initiative “Reopening of Tübingen”

At CeGaT’s corona testing site in Tübingen, free rapid antigen tests will be offered from Monday, March 3, 2021. CeGaT thus supports the city’s initiative to ” Reopening of Tübingen”. The rapid antigen test we use provides reliable results in just 15 minutes.

Those who would like to take a free test can come to CeGaT’s corona testing site at Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 23, Tübingen, without making an appointment. Medical professionals will take the sample. The rapid antigen test detects both symptomatic and asymptomatic corona infections and can be performed at the testing site at the following times:

  • Monday through Friday from 09.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.. For more information on the testing sites, click here.

The nasopharyngeal swab required for the rapid antigen test is performed by our medical staff on-site. The result is available within 15 minutes. A certificate is issued for the result of the rapid test.

Initiative for the “Reopening of Tübingen”

CeGaT supports the city’s initiative for a “Reopening of Tübingen” with extended opening hours of the testing site at Paul-Ehrlich-Strasse. Further testing sites, with opening hours from Mon-Fri 9.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m., Sat 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., are planned in the downtown area. Tübingen’s goal is to open stores and allow people to enter with a (negative) rapid antigen test from the same day.

CeGaT completes coronavirus test portfolio

The rapid antigen test completes our comprehensive coronavirus test portfolio to understand and manage the pandemic: The PCR-based laboratory test can detect active infections with utmost certainty. The antibody test is not only used to detect past infections but also measures vaccination effectiveness in vaccinated individuals. Genome sequencing of positive samples identifies viral variants, providing information on how the virus evolves and spreads. Further information on our test portfolio can be found here.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at corona@cegat.de or by phone at +49 7071 56544-20 (we are available on weekdays from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.).

CeGaT Expands Coronavirus Test Portfolio with Rapid Antigen Tests

Rapid COVID-19 tests are offered at CeGaT’s corona testing site in Tübingen. The rapid antigen test we use provides reliable results in just 15 minutes. Anyone who would like to take a test can come to the testing site during opening hours. Medical professionals will take the sample for the test on-site.

The rapid antigen test detects both symptomatic and asymptomatic coronavirus infections.  Appointments are not required for the test; it can be performed at the testing site at the following times:

  • The testing site on the premises of CeGaT GmbH in Tübingen is open Monday through Friday from 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m..

The nasopharyngeal swab required for the rapid antigen test is performed by our medical staff on-site. The result is available within 15 minutes and can be read directly on the sample carrier. If you need help reading your result, our team is, of course, at your disposal.

Inexpensive test with reliable result within 15 minutes

The COVID-19 antigen rapid test from Abbott that we use is CE certified. It is based on the proven lateral flow principle and showed in clinical studies a sensitivity of 91,4% and a specificity of 99,8%.

The test costs EUR 25,-. We do not provide findings for the rapid antigen test. In case of travel abroad, please use our qPCR test.

CeGaT completes coronavirus test portfolio

The rapid antigen test completes our comprehensive coronavirus test portfolio to understand and manage the pandemic: The PCR-based laboratory test can detect active infections with utmost certainty. The antibody test is not only used to detect past infections but also measures vaccination effectiveness in vaccinated individuals. Genome sequencing of positive samples identifies viral variants, providing information on how the virus evolves and spreads. Further information on our test portfolio can be found here.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at corona@cegat.de or by phone at +49 7071 56544-20 (we are available on weekdays from 9.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

SARS-CoV-2 Genome Sequencing: CeGaT now offers Genome Sequencing for Coronavirus Variant Detection

To better understand the spread and evolution of the Covid-19, it is essential to identify viral variants. CeGaT now offers SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing and classification of the virus. Next-generation sequencing provides valuable information on changes in the SARS-CoV-2 virus, helping to understand which viral variants have a higher potential to infect humans. Variants that can be detected include B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1.

Although the coronavirus has a lower mutation rate than most RNA viruses, mutations accumulate and result in genomic diversity both between and within infected patients. Since the first entry into the human host, SARS-CoV-2 has acquired several polymorphic nucleotide positions in the genome. Some of these new viral variants are even more infectious than the virus first detected in Wuhan, China. 

Potential applications of CeGaT’s SARS-CoV-2 sequencing:

  • Detection and tracing of novel genetic variants
  • Assessment of the impact of mutations on the performance of diagnostic methods, antiviral drugs, or vaccines
  • Exploration of transmissibility and infectivity of virus variants
  • Investigation of virus transmission dynamics

You will receive:

  • Ready-to-use SARS-CoV-2 sequencing data and a project report

Optional bioinformatics:

  • A report including mapping data, statistics, and variants
  • Consensus sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence
  • Classification of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence according to official Pango lineages

As described, you will receive raw sequencing data or use our bioinformatics data analysis service to classify the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence data. Bioinformatics is conducted by using CoVpipe, a pipeline recommended and maintained by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for the reference-based reconstruction of NGS-based SARS-CoV-2 genomic data.

With SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing, we aim to contribute to the fight against the pandemic. We offer the highest quality standards for sample analysis. It is crucial for us always to use the most advanced technology and constantly evolve to continuously provide you with the most innovative and best sequencing technology.

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New Service: Online Genetic Consultation

CeGaT’s online genetic consultation service offers patients the opportunity to receive consultation from a consultant clinical geneticist. The online genetic consultation is aimed at both patients and their relatives who fear that they themselves are carriers of a hereditary disease. Expectant parents can use the online genetic consultation to determine the probability of passing on a genetic variant.

The purpose of the online genetic consultation is to discuss and clarify diverse human genetic issues. This concerns, in particular, the following areas:

  • Paediatric genetics
  • Oncogenetics
  • Reproductive genetics and
  • Neurogenetics

Of course, we also provide consultation in other familial conditions or diseases as well as in all questions of medical genetics.

Dr. med. Schell-Apacik is consultant clinical geneticist. In addition to various positions at the Children’s Center in Munich, he also worked at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. He also practiced as a consultant clinical geneticist in Berlin and took over the medical management of the Medicover Berlin- Westend MVZ, also in Berlin.

The online genetic consultation includes:

  • A detailed discussion with a consultant clinical geneticist
  • Clarification of the question and the aim of the consultation
  • Evaluation of the submitted medical findings
  • A structured anamnesis of the family and medical history, including the creation of a pedigree over 3 generations as well as the recording of the previous course of the disease
  • An assessment of genetic risks
  • Detailed counseling on the possible significance of this information for life and family planning
  • If necessary, the initiation of genetic laboratory tests

The procedure of the online genetic consultation:

To guarantee the best possible quality of the online genetic consultation, CeGaT recommends submitting important documents in advance.  FTAPI SecuPass technology, which encrypts all data end-to-end, is used for secure data transfer.

CeGaT’s consultant clinical geneticist evaluates the documents and contacts persons seeking advice to make an appointment. An online genetic consultation lasts 1.5 hours, although in exceptional cases, the consultation may take longer. A genetic examination following the online genetic consultation is not obligatory and only takes place upon explicit request. If the person seeking advice is interested in genetic testing after the consultation, the blood required for this can be drawn on-site by the supervising specialist or family doctor and sent to CeGaT.

After completion of the genetic diagnostics, patients receive a medical report that contains all relevant findings as well as the results of the counseling session.

CeGaT determines together with the person seeking advice to determine individually which tests are necessary and supports the person seeking advice in weighing up possible risks and therapy options.

Further information on online genetic consultation.