Genetic Screening & Testing
Genetic screening and testing are terms often used interchangeably to refer to any testing performed to identify a specific gene. Testing can determine how likely a person is to develop a disorder, or if they could pass on a disease to their children.
There are various types of genetic testing which can be grouped by the purpose of testing (each of these are described below):
Explained above are summaries of testing types and information on how to receive testing. Please select the type of testing you would like to learn more about.
For a discussion of important emotional issues relating to genetic testing and screening, see Non-technical Aspects of Genetic Testing. This information is important to be considered prior to screening or testing because knowledge of your results cannot be unlearned once they are obtained.
For a more technical discussion of genetic testing and screening, see Technical Overview on Screening and Testing. This section discusses the differences between DNA mutational analysis and enzyme assays, when each is appropriate, and the reliability and meaning of test results.