Well, there is truth to that! There are good genetics and bad genetics. The human genome map identifies the genetic make up of the entire human body. Genome is a fancy word for all your DNA and each genome contains the information needed to build and maintain the human body throughout life! They affect the color of eyes, hair, and skin. More importantly, variations in genome also influence the risk of developing diseases and responses to medications.
The Human Genome Project (HGP) was one of the great feats of exploration in history. Rather than an outward exploration of the planet or the cosmos, the HGP was an inward voyage of discovery led by an international team of researchers looking to sequence and map all of the genes -- together known as the genome -- of members of our species, Homo sapiens. Beginning on October 1, 1990 and completed in April 2003, the HGP gave us the ability, for the first time, to read nature's complete genetic blueprint for building a human being.
Your genome is the operating manual containing all the instructions that helped you develop from a single cell into the person you are today. It guides your growth, helps your organs to do their jobs, and repairs itself when it becomes damaged. And it’s unique to you. The more you know about your genome and how it works, the more you'll understand your own health and make informed health decisions.
A (CGx) cancer genetic test identifies specific, inheritable gene mutations that may increase a patient's risk of developing or redeveloping cancer. Gain insight as this test will analyze genes and tumor markers, including BRCA1, BRCA2, ATM, COH1, MLH1, HSH2, MSH6, and PTEN. If a pathogenic variant is identified in your patient, close relatives (children, siblings, and parents) are up to 8 times more likely to also be at increased risk.
Inherited heart conditions are passed on through families and are caused by a change (or mutation) in one or more of a patient's genes. There are many types of inherited heart conditions, including:
Pharmacogenetics test (PGX) focuses on how your patient's body metabolizes drug enzymes and the results will provide you with useful insight as to which medications are more useful, less useful and those that are potentially harmful. Pharmacogenetics is the study of how people respond differently to drug therapy based upon their genetic makeup or genes.
Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and genetic disorders that cause dementia. Genes play a role in the development of many types of dementia. A patient with a parent or sibling with dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease has on average a higher risk of developing the same condition themselves. Genetic testing can show if a patient has a specific gene that puts them at risk for developing Alzheimer’s.
Patients with a personal and/or family history suggestive of monogenic diabetes and obesity related disorders. These conditions may occur independently or as clinical features of a genetic syndrome. If a pathogenic variant is identified in your patient, close relatives (children, siblings, and parents) are up to 50% more likely to also be at increased risk.
A genetic test that identifies a pathogenic variant is provided via a clinical laboratory report. Bio Genetics Laboratory provides genetic counseling services for both the doctor and the patient. Incorporating a pro-active risk screening and management protocol into the patient's ongoing plan of treatment can mitigate the health risks before they become life-threatening.