November 10, 2011

Fabulous Genome Sequencing Success, Beery Family Twins

A heartwarming story of a fabulous genome sequencing success, Beery family twins – Alexis and Noah Beery.

First, Retta Beery correctly inferred that her children had Segawa’s Dystonia rather than Cerebral Palsy.

The Dystonia treatment helped but did not cure the twins completely.

Then, the twin’s genome was sequenced; the results found that their Sepiopterin Reductase gene had mutations that caused the Dopamine Responsive Dystonia and it affected the production of both dopamine and serotonin in their bodies.

With new therapies based on the genetic findings, the twins are now leading a healthy, happy life.

Joe Beery, the twins Dad, is at Life Technologies who makes the Ion PGM Sequencer among other products.