Axis-Shield introduces assay for osteoporosis marker
This article was originally published in Clinica
Axis-Shield has developed an assay for detecting a genetic marker linked to osteoporosis. The test is based on identification of the unfavourable 'ss' allele of the COLIA1 gene - elderly individuals with this form of the gene are more than 3.5 times as likely to suffer a fracture as those with the 'SS' form. The test is so far only available for research use while the company builds awareness in the clinical community and generates sufficient data for regulatory approval for clinical use.