Common Genetic Tests Used
The following DNA tests are associated with genetic testing and screening:
- Prenatal screening - A developing child can undergo prenatal screening at certain stages of development, in order to identify, prevent,
or manage inherited diseases or birth defects. Scientists will test the DNA of the fetus for inherited disease markers, which are
selected based on the family's medical history. DNA samples are collected through amniocentesis or chorionic villi sampling (CVS).
- Diagnostic tests - Certain inherited diseases can be diagnosed by examining the DNA marker associated with the disease.
- DNA banking - Families can choose to safeguard their DNA through DNA banking so that the medical information stored in their DNA can be used by future generations once more inherited diseases are identified.