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Genetic techniques

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Solving rare blood type mysteries | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Your blood type is more complicated than you think, with hundreds of possible variations apart from the commonly known ABO and Rhesus blood groups. Modern genetic techniques allow rare blood variants to be characterised with pinpoint accuracy, and researchers at the Blood Service have used them to solve the medical mystery of a Canadian baby who nearly died at birth. Australian Red Cross Blood Service - Call 13 14 95 today to donate blood and save three lives

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Chromosome Analysis (Karyotyping) - Lab Tests Online AU

To detect abnormalities, in order to help diagnose genetic diseases, some birth defects and certain haematologic and lymphoid disordersWhen pregnancy screening tests are abnormal; when signs of a chromosomal abnormality-associated disorder are present; when a specific abnormality has been detected in a family member; sometimes when a person has leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplasia or another cancer and an acquired chromosome abnormality is suspectedA blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; a sample of or chorionic villus from a pregnant woman; a or tissue sample Chromosome analysis or karyotyping is a test that evaluates the number and structure of a person's in order to detect abnormalities

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PCR (polymerase chain reaction) information | myVMC

PCR is a technique for rapidly reproducing genetic material contained in DNA, so that sufficient quantities are available for laboratory testing.

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Amniocentesis Test | myVMC

Amniocentesis is a procedure which involves draining a small amount of amniotic fluid which contains fetal cells. Amniocentesis is used to diagnose chromosomal abnormalities such as Down's Syndrome and hereditary conditions such as muscular dystrophy.

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Genetic testing for hereditary diseases information | myVMC

Genetic testing involves analysing a person's DNA. It can be used to assess their risk of hereditary (genetic) conditions such as cystic fibrosis.

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Why genetic counselling is sometimes necessary, not just nice | Know Pathology Know Healthcare

Genetic testing opens up exciting prospects, but it's a complex field requiring genetic counselling

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Biochemical genetic testing - Lab Tests Online AU

Introduction to a series of articles developed to provide a behind the scenes look at clinical laboratories.

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Syndromes without a name: children | Raising Children Network

SWAN means syndromes without a name. Doctors might use the term SWAN when children have symptoms of genetic disorder but the symptoms cant be diagnosed.

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Genetic testing: a guide for parents | Raising Children Network

Genetic testing looks for gene abnormalities. If theres the chance of a genetic condition in your family, doctors might recommend genetic testing.

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In Australia genetic information, which includes your personal medical history and results of genetic tests and information about the health of your first degree relatives (parents, children, brothers, sisters) can have implications for life insurance policies.

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