Understanding Genetics: A New England Guide for Patients and Health Professionals

Washington (DC): Genetic Alliance; 2010 Feb 17.


The purpose of this manual is to provide a genetics educational resource for patients and health professionals in the New England states and to increase awareness of specialty care in genetics. The manual opens with a basic introduction to genetic concepts followed by a description of the different types and applications of genetic tests. We also provide information about diagnosis of a genetic disease, family-history taking, newborn screening, and genetic counseling. We included helpful resources to assist in patient care, patient and professional education, and specialty genetics services in New England. At the end of each section, we provide a list of references to use if you desire additional information. In addition, we provide a series of consumer fact sheets to be copied and offered to patients. These take-home resources are critical to helping patients understand some of the basic concepts and applications of genetics.

Publication types

  • Review

Grants and funding

Funding for this guide was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Grant no. U22MC03959-03-00.