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Gene therapy

Gene therapy is an experimental therapy that aims to treat the source of disease. It may involve replacing faulty genes or introducing new genes to treat disease. Therapeutic gene therapy is still in its infancy and many of the ethical guidelines for its use are still being developed.

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Gene therapy | Better Health Channel

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Lynparza Capsules - myDr.com.au

Lynparza Capsules - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

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Kids' Health - Topics - Genes - not the kind you wear!

It can be fun to explore all the ways that you are like others in your family - for example the same hair colour, the same talent with football or netball, but it can also be really embarrassing sometimes when you haven't seen a friend of the family or a relative for a while, and they say things like

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The future - Lab Tests Online AU

With the completion of the Human Genome Project, we have learned that the word normal no longer has meaning when it comes to a persons genetic makeup. Genetic variations occur in great numbers in our genome (our total genetic makeup). We are all unique, not only in our personalities and appearance, but in our genotype as well.

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Clinical genetic testing - Lab Tests Online AU

Clinical genetic testing refers to the laboratory analysis of DNA or RNA to aid in the diagnosis of disease. Genetic testing can provide definitive diagnosis as well as help predict the likelihood of developing a particular disease before symptoms even appear. It can tell if a person is carrying a specific gene that could be passed on to his or her children and sometimes it can give information as to whether some treatments will work before a patient starts therapy. These are definite advantages. However, there are also some issues in genetic testing that should be carefully thought out and discussed with a genetic counsellor or clinical geneticist before undergoing any testing. These aspects are reviewed in the section titled Pros and cons of genetic testing. In an era of patient responsibility, it is important that both health professionals and patients are educated in these matters to fully appreciate the value as well as the drawbacks of genetic testing.

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Genetic conditions

A genetic condition occurs when you inherit an altered (changed) gene from your parents that increases your risk of developing that particular condition. However not all genetic conditions are passed down from your parents, some gene changes occur randomly before you are born.

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Brain Foundation | Gaucher Disease

Gaucher Disease Gaucher Disease Read more at Virtual Medical Centre Description Gaucher disease is an inherited illness caused by a gene mutation

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Brain Foundation | Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy Muscular Dystrophy Read more at Virtual Medical Centre Description Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic (inherited) conditions that cause progressive deterioration of the body's muscles, with increasing weakness and disability

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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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Factor V Leiden and PT 20210 - Lab Tests Online AU

To determine whether you have an inherited gene mutation that increases your risk of developing a venous thromboembolism (VTE inappropriate blood clot formation that blocks the flow of blood in a vein). In some situations this information may assist with decisions about managing a VTE.

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