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How is genetic testing used to diagnose genetic disorders?

Many genetic disorders can be diagnosed by genetic testing. Genetic testing discovers changes in your chromosomes, genes, or proteins that are related to certain genetic disorders. The results can establish whether or not you have a particular disease. They can also predict your chances of getting a disease or passing it on. Once you are diagnosed, testing members of your family for the same defect or for carrier status is often the next step.

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