Reproductive Health Technology and Genetic Counseling
In the fifty years from 1956 to 2006 the field of human genetics will have moved from the numbering of the 46 human chromosomes to the expected mapping of the approximately 35,000 human genes. This explosion of knowledge about genetic aspects of human health has been coupled with similar strides in reproductive technologies to overcome infertility or other barriers to the birth of healthy children. The need for the medical community to communicate this information in a useful way to those who may benefit from it has led to the growth of the profession of genetic counseling.
KeywordsGenetic Counseling Mental Retardation Down Syndrome Prenatal Diagnosis Foster Care
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