Genetic counseling clinical practice and ethical considerations

Genetic counselors advise patients and families affected by or at risk of genetic disorders. They educate them about inheritance, diseases, and screening tests, interpret medical histories and test results, and help families cope with diagnoses and make informed medical decisions. The profession is...

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Other Authors: Hercher, Laura (Editor), Biesecker, Barbara (Editor), Austin, Jehannine C. (Editor)
Resource Type: Book
Language:English
Published: Cold Spring Harbor, New York Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press [2020]
Series:Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in medicine
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