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Description: A look at the impact and implications of reproductive genetic testing technologies from the eyes of a clinical-turned-laboratory genetic counselor. Delve into how the diagnostic power and limitations of assays like circulating cell-free DNA screening, next-generation sequencing carrier screening panels, and prenatal aCGH/SNP, and appreciate how they affect the patients who are on the receiving end of a finalized report.

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At the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  •          Identify indications for and approaches to genetic carrier screening for single-gene disorders
  •          Identify indications for and methods of prenatal screening for fetal aneuploidy
  •          Identify indications for and methods of prenatal diagnosis for fetal anomalies
  •          Discuss benefits of and limitations to various prenatal screening and diagnostic tests
  •          Appreciate the impact of these tests via real-world case examples from a prenatal genetics clinic


Author: Melissa Hicks, MS, CGC

Ms. Hicks is a Certified Genetic Counselor at DMC University Laboratories in Detroit, Michigan and the past program coordinator for the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Hutzel Women’s Hospital. She is a graduate of the Wayne State University’s Genetic Counseling Master’s program, and has practiced in reproductive, pediatric, and hereditary cancer genetics in both Canada and the United States. She has co-authored two OB textbook chapters focused on prenatal genetic screening. Melissa also assists in the teaching and training of genetic counseling students, fellows, residents and medical students at WSU.

Recorded: May 25, 2018


PEP hours: 1.5

CPS credits: 0

*Note: PEP hours and/or CPS credits will only be awarded upon successful completion of the quiz.

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