Journal of Genetic Disorders & Genetic Reports ISSN: 2327-5790

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Research Article, J Genet Disor Genet Rep Vol: 8 Issue: 1

Gene Card: A Personalized Guide to Genetic Counselling for Low Resource Countries

Anjali Aryamvally1, Anwayee Das1, Kriti Menon1, Santhanam Rekha1, Suman Jain2 and Madasamy Parani1*

1Genomics Laboratory, Department of Genetic Engineering, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603203, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India

2Thalassemia & Sickle Cell Society, Purani Haveli, Hyderabad, India

*Corresponding Author : Madasamy Parani
Genomics Laboratory, Department of Genetic Engineering, SRM University, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
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Received: February 20, 2019 Accepted: March 15, 2019 Published: March 22, 2019

Citation: Aryamvally A, Das A, Menon K, Rekha S, Jain S, et al. (2019) Gene Card: A Personalized Guide to Genetic Counselling for Low Resource Countries. J Genet Disor Genet Rep 8:1. doi: 10.4172/2327-5790.1000182

Abstract

Objectives: Even with today’s widespread reach of healthcare technology, a large number of children are affected with genetic diseases that could be prevented with proper healthcare interventions. High statistics show that the awareness and information needed for preventing the next generation from inheriting these diseases is lacking. One reason for this situation is the insufficient number of trained genetic counselors around the globe. This calls for alternative platforms to convey personalized
genetic information to the people concerned.
Method: Genetic testing was done for individuals from Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA)-affected families and the data was compiled to make “Gene Cards” which was then used for genetic counseling. The gene cards proposed in the study were designed to contain clientspecific genetic test results and genetic counseling information in an easy-to-understand format. Additionally, gene cards were also designed for genetic counseling of all diseases with known Mendelian inheritance pattern.
Results: 24 gene cards were designed to represent autosomal, X-linked and Y-linked diseases. Genetic counseling using gene cards was met with both client and genetic counselor satisfaction.
Conclusion: The ability of the gene card to convey genetic information to non-specialists will be useful for effective genetic counseling and management of genetic diseases.

Keywords: Gene card; Genetic counseling; Consultands; Mendelian inheritance; Genetic disease; Sickle cell anemia

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