Trends in Cytogenetics and FISH Testing

Genetics is getting a lot more attention today than it has in the past. As technology evolves and enables cytogenetic technologists to deliver increasingly granular information, physicians and patients alike want to know more. It is fascinating to see the detailed genetic information available today and the multitude of purposes for which it is used.

As the demand for cytogenetic testing grows, so does the demand for cytogenetic technologists. One unfortunate trend in the industry right now is the lack of availability of qualified technologists to meet the need.

Virtual labs continue to recruit with competitive offers, specifically the option of working from home. The good news is that there is an excellent opportunity for both existing technologists and students to fill the void. All indications say that demand will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) has emerged as a valuable tool for rapid and direct single-cell identification of microbes by detecting signature regions in their rRNA molecules. Emerging trends include new web-based tools to assist in probe design and optimization of experimental conditions. Look for new enhancements such as easy-to-implement signal amplification strategies, innovative multiplexing approaches, and the combination of FISH with transmission electron microscopy or extracellular staining techniques. For more detailed information on trends in FISH technologies, visit the

Technologists at Virtual Scientific are committed to staying at the forefront of new technology in the cytogenetics and FISH testing space and will continue to provide best-of-breed professional laboratory services and solutions as the industry evolves.