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Genetics Center Celebrates 30 Years

Genetics Center, founded in 1986, is excited to celebrate 30 years of growth, providing patient care, and excellence in genetic laboratory testing. We would like to thank our patients and the healthcare community for supporting us through the years.

NF1: What Parents Should Know

CHOC Children’s spoke to our medical geneticist and Associate Director of Genetics Center’s Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory regarding neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). NF1 is the most common neurological disorder caused by a mutation in a single gene, occurring in one in every 3,000 children. Read more @

Preventing and Screening For Birth Defects

In honor of Birth Defects Prevention Month, we spoke to Dr. Neda Zadeh, a CHOC Children’s geneticist and the associate director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Genetics Center. Dr. Zadeh specializes in caring for patients with developmental disabilities, genetic disorders and birth defects… Read more @

A New Study Published by JAMA Oncology Regarding Importance of Genetic Counseling

JAMA Oncology online published a study on October 1, 2015, highlighting the importance of hereditary cancer genetic counseling .  They have found a low rate of pretest genetic counseling  for BRCA genetic testing despite clear professional society guidelines and published research consistently documenting its importance.  Genetic counseling reduces tests being ordered for unaffected individuals, and facilitates better patient outcomes and informed decision making. Genetic counseling through our center can be scheduled by calling 714-288-3500. Reference: Armstrong J, Toscano M, Kotchko … Continue reading