Generally, genetic testing has been primarily offered to individuals with known health concerns in a medical setting. Usually, individuals requiring such diagnostic testing have symptoms suggestive of a genetic disorder or strong family history of certain inherited conditions. However, due to the growth of genetic knowledge and improvements in DNA sequencing technology, genetic testing is now also available to individuals seeking information before the onset of any potential clinical symptoms.
While the Invitae proactive health tests offer the same clinical quality as a diagnostic test, these panels are available to healthy adults who wish to learn more about their genetic risks for a number of serious inherited disorders.
Additionally, the presence of a genetic change that does not increase an individual’s own risk of developing a specific medical condition, but that may be passed within an individual’s family (also known as carrier status), may also be reported.
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