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Health Tip: What You Can Learn From Genetic Testing

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(HealthDay News) -- Genetic testing is a laboratory analysis of the DNA instructions that you inherit from your mother and father.

According to the National Human Genome Research Institute, here's what you can learn from genetic testing:

  • Information that can help diagnose diseases -- including those that may not yet be active.
  • Gene changes that are responsible for an already diagnosed disease.
  • The severity of a disease.
  • Guidance for doctors to help them decide on the best treatment for your disease or condition.
  • Gene changes that could be or have been passed on to your children.

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