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Genetic Counseling

  • Sarah Hutchings Clark
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Abstract

Genetic counseling is a complex, fascinating, and continuously evolving field. With the current focus of science and popular culture on genetics, genetic counseling is becoming increasingly important in medicine. Genetic counselors are increasingly found in a wide variety of settings in clinical, research, and administrative roles. Furthermore, genetic counselors can contribute significantly not just in the setting of prenatal genetics but also in the pediatric and adult arenas. Counselors not only play a vital role in explaining genetic concepts, recurrence risks, and genetic testing in understandable terms but also in helping individuals anticipate and cope with the psychosocial consequences that can be associated with the diagnosis of a genetic condition.

Keywords

Genetic Counselor Down Syndrome Chromosome Abnormality Turner Syndrome Williams Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Advanced Obstetrics and GynecologyStamford HospitalStamfordUSA

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