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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about genetic testing what does it mean?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Nonspecific question: There are dozens of tests that might be labeled as relating to genetic disease. Most look at a specific issue (genetic problem) and test blood or tissue for evidence that the patient has a genetic profile that shows they do or don't have the condition or are a carrier.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is genetic testing a waste?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on situation: Some genetic tests are detailed, specific and allow you to know what to expect from the patient in the future. Chromosome studies, fish probes for diagnostic markers, etc provide information early that allows early detection and treatment of silent problems.Other studies are less specific and only suggest an increased risk for some condition.Value is in the eye of the person seeking information.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what implications are there for genetic testing?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Autonomy: Today, most (not all) people and most governments believe that if a person will suffer from serious disease that is determined by the genes they carry, they need to know so that they can make their own decisions -- and that mothers should make the decisions for their unborn children up to and including abortion. This is the principal "implication" in our often-cruel world. Best wishes.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can you tell me about genetic testing for chromosomal abnormalities?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Too complicated: Please go the web address given below for into. One type of common disorder is Down Syndrome. http://www.genome.gov/11508982

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