For more inforamtion about the Molecular Haematology service at LabPLUS:
Molecular Haematology information page
Note: Whole blood samples are required for this test. Please DO NOT send plasma or serum samples for testing.
Note: All samples should be forwarded to LabPlus at room temperature within 24hours.
3 mL CPD Blood (Preferred) 3 mL EDTA Blood Turnaround Time: Within 2 weeks, 4 days Diagnostic Use and Interpretation
In patients infected with hepatitis C virus Genotype 1, studies have shown an association of a single nucleotide polymorphism (rs12979860) near the IL28B gene and response to current hepatitis C therapy (pegylated interferon plus ribavirin) [Ge et al. Nature (2009) 461;399-401]. There are two different alleles at this locus - the "C" and the "T" allele. The CC genotype is associated with a higher rate of sustained response to this treatment (i.e. cure) than the CT or TT genotypes.
To contact the Molecular Haematology team please call:
Auckland City Hospital (09) 307 4949 Lablink ext 22000 Dr Ed Gane (Hepatologist) ext 22922 Neil Van de Water (Scientific Officer) ext 22006 Molecular Haematology Lab ext 22005