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medicalgen-300x300Medical Genetics

Many diseases are now traced back to genetics. Genomics is a rapidly advancing area of healthcare based on the information contained in personal and familial DNA.  As knowledge of genetic medicine increases in the populace–and more importantly, amongst medical practitioners and genetic counsellors–a more complete familial genetic history is of very high importance. Preserving DNA and knowing your family’s genetic history can now be used to track, diagnose and prevent everything from simple skin disorders to terminal cancer.  The more familial DNA that is preserved, the more doctors have to work with in predictive and precision genomic medicine. Your family’s genetic legacy is valuable in this era of genetics.

Some genetically linked medical disorders are listed here. Has your family been affected by any of these illnesses?

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes (Type I and Type II)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Down Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Anemia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Infertility
  • Learning Disorders
  • Klinefelter Syndrome
  • Color Blindness
  • Turner Syndrome
  • Hemophilia
  • Kidney Disease
  • Tay Sachs disease
  • Liver Diseases
  • Crohn’s Disease

Family history in medicine is currently at a flashpoint level; those who don’t learn from the past will make the same mistakes in the future.  The determination of the medical condition itself, the risks and sensitivity of the patient to treatment, is greatly enhanced by a complete genetic history. Evidence certainly suggests preserving familial genetic records is a valuable endeavor.


Where and who we come from have always been important questions for all of us. DNA provides many of the answers to those questions.  Genetic genealogy utilizes the genetic record as part of traditional genealogical research.

Why use the Genetic Record for genealogy?

  • To learn more about one’s ancestors
  • To prove ancestral relationships
  • To prove or disprove biological relationships between two people
  • To prove or disprove geographic origins of people
  • Provide options for halted traditional genealogical research
  • Find relatives for adoptees
  • Find relatives for those who gave up children for adoption
  • To learn from which relative(s) certain traits were inherited

DNA banking secures your legacy for future generations and may even unlock mysteries from the past.  In recent years, genetic genealogy has become one of the most popular hobbies in North America and a favorite family pastime. As genetic records accumulate around the globe, preserving your familial DNA now ensures any and all genealogical and geographic connections are forever possible. Saving this precious resource offers a new level of comfort and satisfaction for your whole family.

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