Are you aware of your family history? Are there health problems that run in your family? Which problems will affect you or your children?
Genetics is the study of genes. Each of us inherits our genes from our parents. Genes influence our look and play a role in the development of diseases and how diseases pass down from parent to child. Physicians now have the tools to understand how certain diseases or increased risks for certain diseases pass from generation to generation.
Last reviewed: January 19, 2011