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Speaking the Language of Genetics: A Primer

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  • Chantelle M. Wolpert MBA, PA-C, CGC,

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    1. Chantelle M. Wolpert, MBA, PA-C, CGC, is both a board-certified genetic counselor and a physician assistant, working primarily with individuals and families with inherited neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism. She was the curriculum coordinator for the Genetics Interdisciplinary Faculty Training Program at Duke University.
      Chantelle M. Wolpert, MBA, PA-C, CGC, 595 LaSalle Street, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 E-mail: chantell@chg.duhs.duke.edu
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  • Margaret L. Singer RN,

    1. Margret L. Singer, RN, is a master's candidate in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the Duke University School of Nursing.
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  • Marcy C. Speer PhD

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    1. Marcy C. Speer, PhD, 595 LaSalle Street, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710. E-mail: marcy@chg.duhs.duke.edu
      Marcy C. Speer, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Duke Center for Human Genetics, Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Speer is a genetic epidemiologist and is board-certified as a PhD medical geneticist and as a genetic counselor.
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Chantelle M. Wolpert, MBA, PA-C, CGC, 595 LaSalle Street, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 E-mail: chantell@chg.duhs.duke.edu

Marcy C. Speer, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Duke Center for Human Genetics, Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Speer is a genetic epidemiologist and is board-certified as a PhD medical geneticist and as a genetic counselor.

Abstract

Genetic research advances will continue to result in clinical applications for genetics in primary care settings. Fluency with the evolving genetic terminology will enable primary care providers to provide better clinical care to their patients, particularly when helping patients understand genetic concepts. This article will help clinicians use genetic terminology with greater precision.

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