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Genetic Counseling

Allied medical specialty that provides an understanding of medical genetics, including empirical risk of recurrent inherited disorders that may or may not be inherent in families or prospective families. Often, the laws of inheritance and pedigrees, a complete natural history of a genetic disorder, and the genetics of a chemical disorder are communicated, along with available options for testing and treatment.

See etiology and prognosis.

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