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BRCA1 and BRCA2 added to BROCA Cancer Risk Panel

In response to the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Association For Molecular Pathology et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al., the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center will provide clinical testing for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes as part of the BROCA Cancer Risk Panel effective June 14, 2013.

Testing is performed with next-generation sequencing technology, which detects all classes of disease-causing mutations. The Department's clinical test is based on the research of Drs. Tom Walsh and Mary-Claire King, who first developed this technology to study hereditary risk of breast and ovarian cancer and reported it in 2010.
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UW-OncoPlex™ Cancer Gene Panel

UW-OncoPlex™ is a multiplexed gene sequencing panel that detects mutations in tumor tissue in 194 cancer-related genes for cancer treatment, prognosis, and diagnosis.
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The clinical laboratory offers DNA-based testing for a variety of disorders. For further information on testing, please consult the following links:

Test Requisition

Specimen requirements:

  • Blood: 5 ml with EDTA anticoagulant (purple top tube)
  • Tissue: see individual test requirements
  • Prenatal or other sample types: contact laboratory

BROCA and ColoSeq™ Forms

Contact information:

  • Attention: Genetics Lab
  • Clinical lab, Room NW220
  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • 1959 NE Pacific Street
  • Seattle, WA 98195
  • Lab Tel: (206) 598-6429 M-F (7:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
  • Lab Fax: (206) 598-0304
  • Lab Email:
  • Supervisor: Deborah Barden, Ph.D. (206) 598-6429
  • Supervisor: Robert Livingston, Ph.D. (206) 598-6429
  • Genetic Counselor: Angela Jacobson, M.S., L.G.C. (206) 598-1149
  • Genetic Counselor: Lauren Thomas, M.S., L.G.C. (206) 598-6429
  • Faculty: Colin C. Pritchard M.D., Ph.D. (206) 598-8400
  • Faculty: Brian H. Shirts, M.D., Ph.D. (206) 598-0557
  • Faculty: Karen Stephens, Ph.D., FACMG (206) 598-0096
  • Faculty: Jonathan F. Tait, M.D., Ph.D. (206) 598-6131

Laboratory Accreditation and Licensure:

updated 12/11/2013

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