Genetics II: Genetic Consultation, Testing, and Gene Therapy (by )

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This is the second course in a two-course program. The first course is not required as a prerequisite, but it is recommended to better illustrate the depth of the concepts discussed.
In this course, genetic consultation and counseling procedures are described, as well as possible reasons for considering these services. Genetic condition diagnostics, including procedures, informed consent, interpretation, benefits and limitations, are then presented. Genetic Ancestry testing is also briefly discussed. A description of gene therapy techniques, safety, ethics, and availability is described, followed by discussion of the Genome Project and the objectives of current research studies.

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  • understand how and why a Genetic Consultation is performed.
  • understand the basis of prognoses for Genetic Disease.
  • define Genetic Discrimination, and understand its consequences.
  • explain the methods and types of Genetic Testing, and how each is used.
  • understand the processes involved in Gene Therapy, an how current research is progressing.
  • recognize the regulatory agencies involved in Gene Therapy and Genetic Research, and the responsibilities of each.
  • define terms related to Genetic Research and Gene Therapy.
  • recognize the advances of major genetics research projects, and the goals of each.

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Course Outline

  • Genetic Consultation
      • What is a genetic consultation?
      • Why might someone have a genetic consultation?
      • What happens during a genetic consultation?
      • During a consultation, a genetics professional will:
      • How can I find a genetics professional in my area?
      • What is the prognosis of a genetic condition?
      • The prognoses of genetic disorders vary widely, often even among people with the same condition.
  • How are genetic conditions diagnosed?
      • How are genetic conditions diagnosed?
      • A physical examination
      • Personal medical history
      • Family medical history
      • Laboratory tests, including genetic testing
      • How are genetic conditions treated or managed?
      • Genetic disorders may cause such severe health problems that they are incompatible with life.
  • Genetic Testing
    • What is genetic testing?
      • What is genetic testing?
    • What are the types of genetic tests?
      • What are the types of genetic tests?
      • Diagnostic testing
      • Carrier testing
      • Prenatal testing
      • Forensic testing
      • Preimplantation testing
      • Predictive and presymptomatic testing
    • How is genetic testing done?
      • How is genetic testing done?
    • What is informed consent?
      • Informed consent
      • Several factors are commonly included on an informed consent form:
    • What is direct-to-consumer genetic testing?
      • What is direct-to-consumer genetic testing?
      • What is direct-to-consumer genetic testing?
      • How can consumers be sure a genetic test is valid and useful?
      • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
    • Outcomes of Genetic Testing
      • What do the results of genetic tests mean?
      • What do the results of genetic tests mean?
      • What is the cost of genetic testing, and how long does it take to get the results?
      • Will health insurance cover the costs of genetic testing?
      • What are the benefits of genetic testing?
      • What are the risks and limitations of genetic testing?
      • Genetic testing can provide only limited information about an inherited condition.
      • Genetic Discrimination
      • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
      • How does genetic testing in a research setting differ from clinical genetic testing?
    • Genetic Ancestry testing
      • What is genetic ancestry testing?
      • Three types of genetic ancestry testing are commonly used for genealogy:
      • Genetic ancestry testing has a number of limitations.
  • Gene Therapy
    • What is Gene Therapy?
      • What is gene therapy?
      • How does gene therapy work?
    • Safety of Gene Therapy
      • Is gene therapy safe?
      • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
      • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
    • Ethics of Gene Therapy
      • What are the ethical issues surrounding gene therapy?
      • Germline therapy
    • Availability of Gene Therapy
      • Is gene therapy available to treat my disorder?
  • The Human Genome Project
      • The Human Genome Project
      • What was the Human Genome Project and why has it been important?
      • What were the goals of the Human Genome Project?
      • What did the Human Genome Project accomplish?
      • Implications addressed by the Human Genome Project
  • Genomic Research
      • Genomic Research Objectives
      • Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs)
      • Genome-wide Association Studies
      • International HapMap Project
      • Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Project
      • Pharmacogenomics
      • Advances being made in DNA Sequencing
      • Next-generation Sequencing
      • Whole Genome Sequencing

Additional Information

CE Credits: 2.00
ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Course #301-103-16
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Science, Course #20-443010
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Category: Molecular Pathology / Cytogenetics
Exam: Directly follows course material
14 questions out of a pool of 15
70% correct to receive credit(s)

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