Genetic Testing & Genetic Counseling
at University of Colorado Hospital
What is Genetic Testing & Counseling?
Genetic tests analyze a person's genes, chromosomes and proteins. They are used to:
- Predict if you are at risk of disease.
- Identify if you are a carrier. A carrier does not have the disease, but has a copy of the disease gene.
- Detect or diagnose disease and help to predict how your disease will progress.
Why would you want to know?
Knowledge is power to act. By knowing their predispositions or susceptibilities, people can change their behavior or tailor their lifestyle to vastly improve their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Although we offer genetic testing and counseling for nearly any condition, among the most important kinds are:
Other common genetic tests
University of Colorado Hospital has the most advanced Adult Medical Genetics program in the Rocky Mountain region. Our genetics team works closely with patients and cardiovascular, oncology and neurology specialists to diagnose and treat diseases that have genetic links.
We stand on a platform of some of the most advanced genetics research anywhere. Some of it has been historic, including:
- Developing a strategy that expedited the world’s first detailed map of human genes through the gene-based, sequence-tagged mapping technique.
- Pinpointing one of the genes that causes cleft lip and cleft palate.
- Publishing the detailed map of a chromosome linked to various cancers in the groundbreaking Nature Genome Directory.
The hospital is currently participating in a clinical research trial to understand the origins of lysosomal storage disorder. These rare diseases affect cells and can cause a variety of symptoms. Treatment is available for some of the lysosomal storage disorders through the adult medical genetics clinic.
Other areas of research include: cardiomyopathies, cognitive disability, and polycystic kidney disease.