Unistel Medical Laboratories (Pty) Ltd. (UML) was founded in 1999 and is a dedicated human and animal genetics testing centre located on the Campus of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, South Africa. UML offers a complete genetic testing service to physicians, patients and clients. All staff members are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical and animal genetic services possible. We constantly strive to maintain excellence through research, technological innovations and advancement, personal commitment through training and wide participation in the UKNEQUAS quality assurance scheme.
Unistel Medical Laboratories is very proud of our ability to provide extremely fast turnaround times while unsurpassed service quality is maintained. We constantly monitor current literature and strive to provide the latest information for all services. UML provides a full range of clinical and research genetic testing services in association with various dedicated accredited expert laboratories. Families seeking genetic counseling receive supportive attention from professionals associated with UML counseling services.
The professional staff is available 7 days a week to assist all physicians, patients and clients. We are willing to call test results during evenings and on weekends because we know hearing good results alleviates patient anxiety.
UML is a worldwide provider of comprehensive, state-of-the-art genetic services, including: Chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis, DNA diagnostic procedures and Genetic counseling by registered and experienced counselors. UML excels in early amniocentesis analysis, interphase FISH and is one of the most experienced laboratories in providing FISH preimplantation genetic testing (FPGD). FISH is an essential tool for the correct diagnosis and treatment stratification of certain haematologic conditions such as Chronic myelogenous (or myeloid) leukaemia (CML) Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) and Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). Confirmation of amplification of the herceptin gene by FISH is used to predict the effective use of Trastuzumab for breast cancer patients. Locus specific FISH probes are useful in the diagnostic process of chromosome microdeletion syndromes like Di George, Williams and Prader Willi syndromes while subtle chromosome abnormalities can be defined using chromosome specific FISH probes.
Molecular DNA diagnostic tests can be offered for a wide variety of single gene disorders like Cystic Fibrosis, Familial Hypercholesterolemia and Apo E phenotype for Alzheimer risk. A complete and extremely reliable testing service for mutations causative of familial breast and ovarian cancer in the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 can be offered as a result of a long standing relationship with United Kingdom reference laboratories. Also here the turnaround time for results is good without compromising quality and accuracy.
UML is one of the founding members of the African Society for Genetic Profiling (ASGEP) in 1996 which consists of private and government Laboratories in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Mauritius doing paternity and forensic DNA typing for forensic purposes. UML offers a premium service where the DNA profiling matches world standards and is faster than any other in Southern Africa. DNA from mouth swabs, hair follicles, blood or alternative tissue can be obtained in 12 to 24 hours, helping the a speedy completion to the legal process. DNA profile analysis for paternity and relationship testing making use of short tandem repeats (STR’s) is provided by a dedicated team of medical scientists.
A wide variety of genetic services for animal breeding, selection and studbook verification are available to the agricultural sector. Services include DNA profiling and breeding verification for cattle, horses, dogs, sheep and goats, testing for genetic disorders like Pompe disease, “bulldog” calves and Curly calf syndrome and testing for economic important quantitative loci for meat tenderness, marbling and feed efficiency. Refer to: www.unistelanimalservices.co.za