What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing are tests conducted on genes to find out more about a person’s genetic makeup.  For example, some of the common genetic tests include tests for mutations which may lead to diseases, or tests to determine ancestry.  Some other functions of genetic testing include:

  1. Give a diagnosis if someone has symptoms.

  2. Show whether a person is a carrier for a genetic disease. Carriers have an altered gene, but will not get the disease.  However, they can pass the altered gene on to their children.

  3. Help expectant parents know whether an unborn child will have a genetic condition.  This is called prenatal testing.

  4. Screen newborn infants for abnormal or missing proteins that can cause disease.  This is called newborn screening, which is similar to our Disease Susceptibility Genetic Test.

  5. Show whether a person has an inherited disposition to a certain disease before symptoms start, which again is what our Disease Susceptibility Genetic Test is about.

  6. Determine the type or dose of a medicine that is best for a certain person. This is called pharmacogenetics.

  7. Finding out if a person has certain innate talents, personality traits or dispositions, which is the purpose of our Inborn Talent Genetic Test.

For more information on genes and genetic testing, please visit the website genome.gov where there is an abundance of information catering to people of differing levels of familiarity with this subject.

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