UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CARVER LAB
The John and Marcia Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory is dedicated to providing non-profit genetic testing for rare eye diseases to meet a societal need. Most of the diseases that we study are so rare that commercial tests would be unlikely to be viable for the long term. As a result, many individuals affected with these diseases and their families would have little access to molecular information. Genes that are available for screening by the Carver Laboratory have previously been extensively studied in the research laboratories of Dr. Stoneα and Dr. Sheffieldβ. By incorporating this research information into the design of the tests, the laboratory is able to offer genetic tests that provide the most clinically relevant information to patients and their families while keeping the tests affordable.