Clinical genetics. Clinical genetics is the practice of clinical medicine with particular attention to hereditary disorders. Referrals are made to genetics clinics for a variety of reasons, including birth defects, developmental delay, autism, epilepsy, short stature, and many others. Examples of genetic syndromes that are commonly seen in the genetics clinic include chromosomal rearrangements, down syndrome, others.
DNA. Clinical genetics is stern used to describe evaluation of disease with genetic testing or genetic interventions. At present the majority of genetic knowledge can help identify the "risk" associated with various diseases, but doesn't impact medical management. While clinical genetics impacts potential therapy of a particular disease treatment.
An ABMS member. The American College of Medical Genetics has many subspecialties. Clinical geneticists may identify whether a disease has a genetic basis. The mechanism may be found, which then opens a window to the discovery of new treatments and even prevention, as well as informing family who may be at risk. We have just begun to cure Gaucher disease and have a huge impact on more common disorders.