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The following links will provide you with excellent basic information on human genetics, clinical genetic testing, genetic counseling, and other issues that surround genetics tests.
GeneTests: a federally-funded site offering expert-authored disease reviews and international directories of genetic testing laboratories and diagnostic clinics
Genetics Home Reference: a guide to understanding genetic conditions from the National Institutes of Health
The National Human Genome Research Institute: Genetics and Genomics for Patients and the Public (This site explains many of the privacy, legal, and ethical issues surrounding clinical gene testing.)
American College of Medical Genetics: a web site that provides education, resources, and a voice for the medical genetics profession (This is an advanced site.)
Genetic Alliance: a consumer organization that serves as a provider of essential quality genetics information and resources
Genetics Education Center: a site for educators that has numerous links to other education-oriented sites
Primers on basic human genetics and genetic testing
National Cancer Institute: Understanding Gene Testing (slide show format)
Information on genetic counseling and genetic counselors
More information on pharmacogenomics
More information on identity testing
More information on tissue typing
More information on chromosome analysis
More information on genetic testing for infectious diseases