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Sinergies and Genosalut offer a highly reliable test for the detection of the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus on surfaces.

High-reliability test for the detection of coronaviruses on surfaces In these times that encourage change and sometimes even reinvention, Sinergies and Genosalut, two Mallorcan companies based in Palma, have established a collaboration agreement. The union has been made possible thanks to the platform promoted by the Institut d’Innovació Empresarial (IDI) of the Govern de les Illes Balears. This platform was

What tests are available to detect the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus?

What do the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus tests detect? Surely in recent weeks you have heard about RT-PCR, serological tests, rapid tests, ELISA… but what are all these tests? What do they detect? How do they work? Are they reliable?Below, we will try to give you a summary to clarify some concepts. The tests currently available detect: ● The virus itself: its

GenoMaterniT+, the non-invasive prenatal test in maternal blood

GenoMaterniT+, a safe and reliable non-invasive prenatal test GenoMaterniT+ is a non-invasive prenatal test that allows early detection of trisomies of chromosomes 21, 18, 13, X and Y in the foetus. It is performed on a sample of maternal blood between weeks 10 and 24 of gestation. For this purpose, free foetal DNA in maternal blood is analysed by means

GenoNatal, expanded newborn screening

GenoNatal® is an expanded neonatal screening test that can detect 43 congenital metabolic diseases, food intolerances such as coeliac disease and lactose intolerance, and genetic deafness. What is a metabolic disorder? Metabolic diseases are rare disorders in which the body is unable to transform food properly. As a result, there is a build-up of compounds in the blood causing toxicity

What is genetic counselling for?

What is genetic counselling? Genetic counselling is a communicative process that serves to inform, educate and support patients and families with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of genetic disease.During the consultation, the genetic counsellor will ask you about your personal and family health history. Based on this information, he or she can determine the likelihood that you or a member

What your genes say about your ideal diet

Have you ever wondered why some people eat a lot and don’t put on weight? And conversely, why some people, despite a controlled diet, gain weight easily? As you can imagine, a good part of the reason lies in their genes. Although we don’t know the total number of genes involved, knowledge is growing. Here we explain everything you need

Sports performance: genetics vs. training

We will all have experienced it, the classmate who excelled in all sports. He or she stood out for speed, endurance, coordination and so many other sporting skills. And we’ve all wondered, is it heredity, is there really such a thing as “sport genes”? In this article, we will address this very question and you will discover how our genes

Genetic screening for breast cancer

Genetic screening for breast cancer: its role in prevention and treatment Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumour in the West and the leading cause of death in women between 40 and 55 years of age in our country. Its number is increasing at an annual rate of 1-2%. Thanks to early detection and significant advances in the diagnosis

Exome, a cost-effective solution for analysing the genes of an individual

Exome: the fast and cost-effective solution for analysing all genes of an individual Exome analysis is a genetic study that allows the analysis of all the genes of an individual. It can be used both: ● To obtain information on all those genes known to be related to a given pathology. With this approach, the probability of identifying a mutation

Infertility and its genetic causes

What is infertility? Infertility is a multifactorial disorder that affects approximately 15 per cent of couples of reproductive age. The causes of infertility are equally attributable to men and women. It can be defined as the inability to achieve or complete a pregnancy after a period of one year of sexual intercourse without contraception.  What are the causes of fertility

What is a paternity test?

The paternity test aims to determine the biological relationship between two people. In other words, it allows us to determine who is the biological father or mother of a child. An extension of this type of analysis is kinship testing, which allows us to determine other types of family relationship: siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Paternity and kinship tests

What is the aim of preventive medicine?

What is preventive medicine? Preventive medicine focuses on the prevention and early detection of diseases, with the clear objective of improving patients’ quality of life. In other words, it focuses on knowing the individual characteristics of each patient with the aim of personalising and optimising their medical care and directing their lifestyle towards goals that will help to look after

What is personalised medicine?

What is personalised medicine? In personalised medicine, also known as precision medicine, patients are treated according to their individual circumstances. These individual circumstances mainly comprise their genetic background, lifestyle and personal circumstances. Its success is based on individual patient characterisation and appropriate pre-testing to determine what treatment may or may not be considered for a particular patient. The biological complexity

What is food intolerance?

What is food intolerance? Food intolerance, also known as non-IgE-mediated food hypersensitivity or non-allergic food hypersensitivity, occurs when a person has difficulty digesting certain foods. Differences between food intolerance and food allergy Food intolerances are sometimes confused or mislabelled as food allergies, but they are different phenomena. ● Food allergies trigger strong immune system responses that affect numerous organs in

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