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Saturday, 17 November 2007

Who work with clinical geneticists?

Genetic counsellors
Genetic counsellors have a background in nursing or science with specialist clinical genetic training.
They may hold their own clinics with support and advice from consultants, for which consultant
time should be allocated.
Laboratory genetic services
The clinical team works closely with molecular genetic and cytogenetic laboratory staff, especially
concerning the indications for, and interpretation of, extremely specialised genetic tests, which may
need to be tailored specifically to a particular family’s clinical problem. Joint clinical and laboratory
meetings are held to review case management.
Other specialists
Many genetic units hold multidisciplinary clinics and meetings with other specialties such as
radiology, fetal medicine, oncology, neurology, nephrology, paediatric specialties, ophthalmology
and cardiology.

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