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Genetic Counseling: Coping With The Human Impact Of Genetic Disease

Selected References

Internet Resources:

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man. An online database catalog of all known genetic conditions in humans. Contains text, pictures, and reference information.

MendelWeb is an educational resource for teachers and students interested in the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary plant science, and the history and literature of science. MendelWeb contains copies of Mendel's original paper in both English and German. The English version is hyperlinked to glossaries, tutorials, and more.

Cytogenetics/Cell Pathology. This site displays karyotypes of various human chromosome abnormalities. Thumbnail images are followed by the description of the abnormality. Some definitions included.

American Society of Human Genetics. The ASHG homepage contains information on the Society, as well as newsletters, policy statements and contact addresses.


The American Society of Human Genetics Administrative office
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3998
Telephone:(301) 571-1825
Fax: (301) 530-7079
E-mail: society@genetics.faseb.org

The National Society of Genetic Counselors
For career information call:

Printed Articles and Books:

Fritz Fuchs. "Genetic Amniocentesis." June, 1980. Scientific American. page 47. Abstract: The fluid that surrounds a fetus in the uterus can now be examined for the prenatal detection of genetic disorders, yet the procedure is being performed for only a tenth of the parents most in need of it.

Theodore Friedmann. "Prenatal Diagnosis Of Genetic Disease." November, 1971. Scientific American. page 34. Abstract: New techniques are making it possible to detect hereditary diseases early in pregnancy. To what extent is the control of such births justified on biological and social grounds?

John Rennie. "Trends in Genetics: Grading the Gene Tests." June 1994. Scientific American. Pages 88-97. From just a snippet of DNA, geneticists can sometimes forecast a patient's health. But ethical problems surrounding this testing are as ominous as the diseases themselves.

Beverly Merz. "In Search of Large Families" in Blazing a Genetic Trail. May 1991. Howard Hughes Medical Institute. For more information contact: HHMI, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD. 20817. Article traces scientists' efforts to isolate the human gene responsible for Huntington's Disease.

Heller, Linda J. "Genetic testing." Parents Magazine. 70(11):96-97. (Nov., 1995)

Reed, Sheldon. Counseling in Medical Genetics. W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia. (1955)

Wertz Dorothy, Fanos, Joanna H, and Reilly Philip R. "Genetic testing for children and adolescents: who decides?" Journal of the American Medical Association 272(11):875-872 (1994)

Biesecker Barbara Bowles, Billings Paul R., Caplan Arthur L., Caskey C. Thomas: "The blessing - and curse - of genetic testing." Patient Care 28(14):20-30 (1994)

Brownlee Shannon, Cook Gareth G., Hardigg Viva, Rubin Rita: "Tinkering with destiny." US News & World Report 117(8):58-67 (August 22, 1994)

Merz Beverly, Katzenstein Larry, Kase Lori Miller: "Designer genes: gene therapy takes aim at a growing list of serious diseases." American Health 12(2):46-55 (March, 1993)

Bishop Jerry E.: "Unnatural selection." National Forum 73(2):27-30 (Spring, 1993)


Genetic Testing. This 26 minute video (catalog # F6-49-2228A) demonstrates amniocentesis and ultrasound, and discusses environmental and genetic risks to pregnancy. Available from Carolina Biological Supply. 1-800-334-5551.

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