The Molecular Biology Laboratory at Baystate Medical Center was created in 1994, in the Department of Pathology, to meet as growing demand for molecular diagnostic testing to:
Identify genes associated with inborn genetic diseases
Identify rare or unusual infectious agents
Characterize the alterations in specific genes associated with precancerous and cancerous tissues.
Currently, Southern blotting methodology is used to detect the mutations and rearrangements of interest while techniques involving the polymerase chain reaction are currently being developed.
At Baystate Medical Center, the laboratory of Molecular Pathology, Cytogenetics & Immunology functions as an integrated unit of laboratory genetics in providing specialized diagnostic services. The laboratory handled 1,281 Cytogenetics tests and 4,521 Molecular tests in 2007.