The National Genetics Education and Family Support Center (Family Center) works to increase access to genetic services by promoting and strengthening family engagement in the genetic health care delivery system.
Learning about and participating in the genetics delivery system can be overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be. Our information and resources are broken down to meet you where you are. Whether you’re interested in learning more about hereditary patterns, your genetic condition, or leadership opportunities, we have it here for you.
Genetics is the study of how different qualities, called traits, are passed down from biological parents to their biological children. Genes are the instructions to life as we know it.
Genes affect your development before you're even born and play a role in everything from your appearance to your personality. Genes contain information about your racial and ethnic background and your risk for certain diseases. Understanding your genes is part of understanding yourself, and you can use information about genetics to make decisions in your daily life.
Your genetics journey can start by receiving a diagnosis, learning about your family history, or undergoing a screening. Wherever you start, this is your journey to better understand your health and to find helpful resources along the way.