Those gene variations that we pass on to our children

Dr Victoria (Vicki) Nisenblat says, “We all carry gene variations that we pass on to our children.”

In the same way that you’ve got your mum’s eyes and your dad’s nose, we’ve been passing on genes from parent to child, forever.

Sometimes we can also pass on things like genetic conditions, even if we’ve never heard of them or do not have any symptoms ourselves.

Carrier screening is a genetic test that combines your personal health, family and ancestral history in one test to help you predict the risk of having a child with an inherited genetic condition and with this information families are able to make the next decision in a supported way, says Dr Nisenblat.

Dr Victoria (Vicki) Nisenblat is a gynaecologist with a special interest in pelvic pain, infertility, reproductive endocrine disorders and gender transition.

She obtained her medical degree in Israel followed by specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Israel and in Australia. Further sub-specialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility was followed by working in China and Sydney.

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