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A genetic test looks at your DNA to find changes (variants) that cause disease or put you at greater risk to develop disease. DNA is the code our bodies use to make genes, and genes are the instructions for our bodies.
In the past, it was possible to screen, or test, only one gene at a time to try to find the cause of a disease. This method is still used for many diseases, but it can be costly and time consuming. It is now possible to screen thousands of genes at once.
It is always your choice if you want to have genetic testing or screening.
Information on human genetic disease and human genetic research, and an explanation of your rights concerning genetic discrimination
Information about how genes affect your health: what genes are, how they work and how they can cause illnesses
Information about genetic and how it affects you and your family, why you should talk to your health care providers about genetics, how to get involved in genetics research and more
Download a copy of our genetic testing brochure