Like politics, genetic counseling is the art of the possible rather than an ideal abstraction. It is essential then to first consider the current state of the art. The genetic counselor today is not a genetic engineer. Rather, he addresses himself to the identification of genetic disorders and those individuals capable of transmitting those disorders. He is primarily interested in prevention, and in those relatively few areas in which our knowledge is adequate, in treatment and possible cure. Despite the remarkable advances in medical and human genetics in the past few years, genetic counseling is still a new, incomplete, rapidly expanding field.
KeywordsTransportation Anemia Expense Hemoglobinopathy
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