genetic carriers

posted on December 1, 2000 - 11:38am
As scientists continue to link inheritable diseases to specific genes, genetic tests are becoming a standard tool in the diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases. Many are available on a fee-for-service basis from commercial or university labs, and others are available (sometimes free of charge) from research laboratories studying certain diseases.
posted on April 1, 2000 - 12:30pm
Pam Rhatigan remembers the day in 1981 when she and her husband, Brian, finished their genetic counseling sessions at the University of Arizona's medical center. They'd gone to discuss the chances that a baby they might conceive could be born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder of muscle-controlling nerve cells that Pam was born with in 1953. There was no family history and little...