The Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, established in 1978, was the first such laboratory in the Gulf South and remains the most comprehensive biochemical laboratory in the region. The Hayward Biochemical Genetics Laboratory has been the referral laboratory for the Louisiana State Genetics Disease Program for confirmatory analysis of newborn screening in inborn errors of metabolism for over 20 years. Our laboratories are committed to quality and timely performance of testing. The Human Genetics Program is unique in providing the most comprehensive spectrum of genetic services to the medical communities of Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The interpretation of the diagnostic testing is always performed by board-certified Biochemical Genetics specialists.