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Understanding Genetics: A District of Columbia Guide for Patients and Health Professionals.


Genetic Alliance; District of Columbia Department of Health.


Washington (DC): Genetic Alliance; 2010 Feb.
Genetic Alliance Monographs and Guides.


The purpose of the manual is to provide a genetics educational resource for patients and health professionals in the District of Columbia and increase awareness of specialty care in genetics. The manual opens with a basic introduction to genetic concepts followed by a description of the different types and applications of genetic tests. Information is also provided about diagnosis of a genetic disease, family-history taking, newborn screening, and genetic counseling. Helpful resources are included to assist in patient care, patient and professional education, and specialty genetics services in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas. At the end of each section, a list of selected references is provided if any additional information is desired. In addition, a series of consumer fact sheets are provided to be copied and offered to patients. These take-home resources will be critical in helping patients understand some of the basic concepts and applications of genetics.

Copyright © 2008, Genetic Alliance.

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