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Biotechnology

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Noonan syndrome

Noonan syndrome is a genetic condition that usually includes heart abnormalities and characteristic facial features. About one third of affected children have mild intellectual disability. Noonan syndrome varies from relatively mild to severe. In some cases, the physical characteristics are so subtle that the child doesn’t look noticeably different.

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Genetic testing for inherited cancer

A predisposition to certain cancers can be inherited via altered genes. Genetic testing aims to detect a genetic alteration that might increase the chances of a person developing a particular cancer. This testing is available to some families with a high risk of a genetic predisposition to certain cancers.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Down syndrome

Down syndrome is a common genetic condition that causes intellectual disability and other physical and learning challenges. By working together with early intervention services, you can learn how to play and communicate with children with Down syndrome in ways that help them reach their full potential.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Genetic or medical termination of pregnancy

No one who conceives a pregnancy expects to have to end it - terminate it - for medical reasons, or for a normally happy event to become one of sadness.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Preparing for pregnancy - inherited conditions

Talk to your doctor if you are worried about genetic (inherited) conditions such as cystic fibrosis or thalassemia.

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The process of donating | VARTA

Before donating you will need to:

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Why donor-linking matters | VARTA

Wendy Kramer is Director of the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR). The DSR is a US charity organisation, founded in 2000 by Wendy and her donor-conceived son Ryan, to assist individuals conceived as a result of sperm egg or embryo donation that are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties. Wendy speaks about the research undertaken by her organisation and the experiences of those people who have linked via DSR.

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Understanding Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Genetic DNA Testing: An information resource for consumers | National Health and Medical Research Council

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Are you eligible to donate? | VARTA

Donors come from all walks of life. Contrary to popular belief, they are not all university students. They are generous peoplewho give the gift of life to those affected by infertility. Donors need to considerthe emotional, legal and physicalimplications of their donation on all parties, including their own families prior to donating.

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Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Genetic Testing: A Statement from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) | National Health and Medical Research Council

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