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Metabolic Genetics and Special Chemistry Lab

The Metabolic Genetics and Special Chemistry Lab performs biochemical and genetic tests to identify disorders caused by inherited genetic mutations. Advanced instrumentation is used to detect DNA mutations or the resultant biochemical compound(s), which can cause acute, chronic or recurrent illness. Analyses offered for “inborn errors of metabolism” include amino acids, fatty acids, organic acids and steroids. Hemoglobin variants are analyzed for sickle cell and other hemoglobinopathies. DNA mutation analysis is performed on a panel of 46 of the most common mutations found in Cystic Fibrosis. Other analyses offered include insecticide and volatiles poisoning and therapeutic drug levels.

Scientific Director | Maria P. Alfaro, PhD

Test/Information Schedules: (phone) 501-364-1311 | (fax) 501-364-6910

Location: Sturgis Building

Days: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (After hours testing as needed)

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