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From understanding your genetic makeup and DNA to

specific disease diagnoses, modern day genetic testing

has come a long way with the breakthroughs in medical

and technological advances. Genetic Counselor Sonika

Sachanandani-Phulwani at Matar & Rosset Healthcare

Solutions explains further…

GENETICS 101…

UNDERSTANDING

GENETIC

TESTING

AND WHY IS IT DONE?

Written By: Sonika

Sachanandani-Phulwani

Genetic Counselor at Matar

& Rosset Healthcare Solutions

Why Might I Consider a

Genetic Test?

There are many reasons to consider

getting a genetic test. For example,

you might decide to undergo a

genetic test if you:

Have signs of a disease.

Think you may have an

increased risk to get a disease in

the future.

Think you might pass a disease

on to your children.

Are pregnant and want your

fetus to be tested.

To predict response to therapy.

What Is Genetic Testing?

Genetic testing uses laboratory methods to look at your

genes, which are DNA instructions you inherit from your

mother and your father. Genetic tests may be used to

identify increased risk of health problems, to choose

treatments or to assess response to treatments.

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