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Genetic Testing

Genetic testing examines your DNA — the chemical database that carries instructions for your body's functions — to reveal changes or alterations in your genes that may cause illness or disease.

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Know Your Numbers: Family History

Know your numbers: Family health history

Genes play a role in your health. Understanding your family's heart and health history is key to understanding your risk of heart disease. Find out which relatives you should talk to about family health history.

February 23, 2021
Daughter and mom virtual visit on laptop

Knowing and recording your family health history

Here's an idea for your next virtual family reunion: Discuss family health history. The information can help you know if you may have an increased risk for a specific health condition. Here's how to get started.

Katie Plamann By Katie Plamann April 25, 2020
Rose Boettcher

Genetic counseling helps woman, family make informed health decisions

Knowledge is power. That's Rose Boettcher's philosophy. Genetic counseling helped this three-time cancer survivor make decisions about her health care. Her test results also have inspired her to advocate for her family's health and well-being.

February 13, 2020
Taylor Sturtz

Overcoming a genetic disorder, shyness and finding her place

Taylor Sturtz, a Project Search graduate, shares how she is handling a rare genetic disorder, overcoming shyness and finding her place.

October 17, 2019
Yvonne Rands

Family history awareness leads to preventive surgery

Yvonne Rands did her research and chose to have a hysterectomy, double mastectomy and breast reconstruction enabling her to continue her life journey as healthy as possible.

October 22, 2013