New Web site allows patients access to latest information on genetic conditions

December 11, 2006

The National Institutes of Health recently launched Genetics Home Reference, a free Web site with up-to-date information on genetic conditions and the basics of genetic science. The site can be accessed at http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov.

New Web site allows patients access to latest information on genetic conditions

The National Institutes of Health recently launched Genetics Home Reference, a free Web site with up-to-date information on genetic conditions and the basics of genetic science. The site can be accessed at http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov.

Under this program, doctors can request free "Information Rx" pads, which will enable them to write "prescriptions," pointing patients to the Genetics Home Reference site. Obstetricians and pediatricians alike can direct their patients to the site's explanation of newborn screening, so expectant mothers and parents will better understand why this testing will be important for their baby or child.

Genetics Home Reference includes over 500 topics on genetic conditions and related genes. The site features an illustrated tutorial that explains the basics of genetics, and a glossary of genetics terms. The site is regularly updated by scientific staff and reviewed by external experts.