Genetic Testing

Genetic TestingAccording to the National Institute of Health, “genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins.”

This, of course, is putting the definition of genetic testing simply and in very general terms. What is of interest, however, to most people recently are the increasing uses that testing genes have for many patients.  The ability to test DNA can help locate certain inherited disorders in order to possibly rule out a suspected condition or to identify looming problems that have yet to fully develop or that may be passes on the one’s offspring.  In fact, there are many hundred types of genetic tests currently available and more being developed regularly.

There are several genetic testing companies that offer consumers the ability to have their dna tested with an at-home or direct-to-consumer genetic test.  Usually a company will mail the consumer a test kit and a sample of DNA is obtained, usually via a swab of saliva from the cheek.  This sample is then returned to the company where a genetic test can be performed.

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Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing Companies

Genetic Testing Companies

That are an increasing number of genetic testing companies that can provide direct-to-consumer testing of a person's genes. These at-home DNA testing services usually work in a similar manner.  You order a test online and a testing kit will be ma

Genetic Testing Registry

Genetic Testing Registry

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a notice that they would creating a public database, or registry, that would help consumers, as well as researchers and health care providers, better understand genetic testing.  Since there

Genetic Testing Roundup - Gene Tests and Warfirin

Genetic Testing Roundup – Gene Tests and Warfirin

Every week we see more and more uses for genetic testing.  It's not uncommon to find new genetic testing companies entering the market, laboratories releasing results regarding their new findings and a good deal of discussion regarding the implicati

AP IMPACT: Testing curbs some genetic diseases – The Associated Press

AP IMPACT: Testing curbs some genetic diseases The Associated Press Genetic testing pushes hot-button issues: abortion, embryo destruction and worries about eugenics — selective breeding to rid a population of unwanted ... Half-hour

Does your kid have the DNA of a sports superstar? – KOLD-TV

Does your kid have the DNA of a sports superstar?KOLD-TVReilly admits this particular science is still very young and it is precisely that reason why some genetic experts doubt the validity of this testing. ...and more »

Lawsuit attacks patent giving company control over genetic test for cancer risk – Washington Post

Lawsuit attacks patent giving company control over genetic test for cancer riskWashington PostThey say that Myriad's patents on the isolated BRCA sequences impede research and women's access to their own genetic information through testing. .

Genetic Testing to Help Dieters Lose Weight – eMaxHealth

Genetic Testing to Help Dieters Lose Weight – eMaxHealth

Genetic Testing to Help Dieters Lose Weight eMaxHealth A new genetic test may help pinpoint those genes that inappropriately metabolize certain nutrients and lead dieters toward the best weight loss program to ... Low-fat or low-carb?

Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling is one of the more important, yet often ignored, aspects of genetic testing.  There are an increasing number of gene tests available and it is rarely easy to understand the results of such tests, not to mention what to do with

Do You Know What Your Genes Say - Video

Do You Know What Your Genes Say – Video

Why is direct-to-consumer genetic testing an issue right now?  Find out in this video:

A DNA Test for Inherited Diseases

A DNA Test for Inherited Diseases

The BBC recently featured news about a fast, low cost DNA test which can determine a person's chances of developing certain inherited diseases could soon be a reality, experts said. Read more here. According to the report: "Tiny differences i