The Patient Library is your resource for objective, up-to-date information about the field of genetics. This resource will help you understand key areas of genetics and how they affect your personal health.
To know about genetics is to know about yourself. This basic background can be a helpful resource for understanding genetics.
Learn more about some of the possible underlying genetic causes of infertility.
Many genetic-related topics are discussed during or prior to pregnancy. These topics can empower you with information on what testing options are available, help you understand what results can and cannot tell you, and help you decide which tests are right for you based on your own personality, beliefs, needs and values.
Newborn screening is genetic testing that is done shortly after a baby is born. This testing checks for rare conditions that can have serious implications if unknown, but if diagnosed early can be treated. Learn more about the different types of medical conditions that newborn screening can look for, and what your state tests for.
Watching children grow and learn can be one of the most rewarding things in life. Some children can experience health concerns as they grow, including intellectual and developmental delays, and it can be helpful to determine if there is an underlying genetic cause that may lead to other health issues.
Genetic testing in the setting of a personal or family history of cancer is becoming more and more common. This powerful technology can tell us a lot about our personal risks for cancer, our family members’ risks for cancer, and steps we can take to lower those risks. It is equally as important to understand the limitations of genetic testing for cancer. Use these pages to inform your decisions as you navigate this growing field of genetics.
The heart is one of the most important organs in our body, pumping blood throughout the body through our vascular system. There are many health issues with our heart that become more common as we get older. Some families have a higher chance to develop these health issues, and to develop them at younger ages, due to their genetics.