Definition of genetic testing in US English:

genetic testing

(also genetic screening)


  • The sequencing of human DNA in order to discover genetic differences, anomalies, or mutations that may prove pathological.

    ‘genetic testing for at-risk relatives’
    • ‘Current advances in genetic research are making genetic testing possible for more and more diseases.’
    • ‘Stringent informed consent procedures are required for genetic testing in research settings.’
    • ‘If someone is showing symptoms of the disease, and it is known to run in the family, genetic testing can confirm the diagnosis.’
    • ‘Direct genetic testing to demonstrate mutations in the Notch3 gene can be used to confirm the disease.’
    • ‘Policies of non-disclosure also prohibit access to genetic screening and the important option of peer support groups for shared learning and experiences.’
    • ‘Whether we look to stem cell research, genetic testing, or insurance coverage, the focus is now on the individual.’
    • ‘If you're one of the women at high risk, genetic testing gives you the opportunity to find out if you do have a mutated gene.’
    • ‘There is no need to adjust the dosage of Strattera based on genotype or to perform genetic testing before beginning treatment.’
    • ‘Should pulmonologists now consider genetic testing in the evaluation of sarcoidosis?’
    • ‘This work laid the foundations for the whole of the biotech industry: without it, DNA fingerprinting and genetic screening would be mere science fiction.’
    • ‘Defining the full spectrum of genetic mutations is key to genetic screening and gene-based therapies.’
    • ‘While genetic testing is offering a wealth of information, little is known about its psychological effect.’
    • ‘Recent studies suggest that genetic screening for haemochromatosis will reveal many asymptomatic people, for whom the benefits of treatment are not yet clear.’
    • ‘The terms of the licence meant that access to the test was restricted and the foundation was forced to stop offering free genetic screening.’
    • ‘Obviously there is also public concern about the accuracy and confidentiality of genetic testing.’
    • ‘Early diagnosis of cartilage damage may be achieved in future by magnetic resonance imaging of ‘at risk’ groups and by genetic screening as the techniques improve.’
    • ‘For these patients, preimplantation genetic screening or aneuploidy screening has been advocated.’
    • ‘Primary care based genetic screening must be inclusive rather than focused on a single disorder.’
    • ‘Due to advances in biotechnology, genetic screening for susceptibility to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers appears to be on the horizon.’
    • ‘The development of genetic testing for disease has raised the problem of whether to test asymptomatic individuals.’
    • ‘Yet the clinical utility of predictive genetic testing for different diseases varies considerably.’
    • ‘In the screening context, companies directly market ‘off the shelf’ screening kits such as faecal occult blood test and genetic screening kits.’
    • ‘In some cases, genetic testing of a blood sample may be recommended to help confirm the diagnosis.’
    • ‘Regarding workplace discrimination, in the United States, where health insurance is usually provided by the employer, genetic screening of employees has more serious implications.’
    • ‘Loss of employment or insurability is a fear that can cause individuals to forego genetic testing.’
    • ‘The role of genetic testing in hemochromatosis is not without controversy.’
    • ‘Not just individual states but also nations are grappling with the new litigious implications of genetic screening and prenatal diagnosis.’
    • ‘We discussed genetic screening, which also can't tell her with any certainty whether or not she'll develop cancer, but only whether or not her risk is increased.’
    • ‘Why is there such exuberance and optimism in the genetics community about the wholesale adoption of genetic screening and testing by the general medical community and the public?’
    • ‘After genetic counselling the patient chose to undergo predictive genetic testing and was found to carry the same mutation.’
    • ‘It remains to be seen whether people who have genetic testing to ascertain their risk of heart disease will have similar low rates of fatalism.’
    • ‘A doctor can confirm a diagnosis of albinism by genetic testing.’
    • ‘The American Hemochromatosis Society proposes genetic screening for newborns to potentially benefit both the child and the rest of the family.’
    • ‘While the optimism and exuberance of many geneticists about genetic screening seem boundless, the interest of the general public has been greatly overestimated.’
    • ‘Thus, genetic testing to predict the occurrence of dermatomyositis or its complications is not yet possible.’
    • ‘Early diagnosis, which could be aided by the use of genetic testing, is critical for successful management of the disease.’
    • ‘Coordinated antenatal genetic screening will be even more important with the mapping of the human genome.’
    • ‘You might be a candidate for genetic screening to see whether you have mutations that might increase your risk of cancer.’
    • ‘The enthusiasm for the introduction of genetic screening for single-gene or multigenetic diseases is great in the medical community.’
    • ‘Many people believe that gene therapy and genetic screening of embryos is dangerous.’