The understanding of the complex, multifactorial genetic mechanisms underlying common adult neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, autism, epilepsies, schizophrenia and bipolar disease is rapidly unfolding. While the clinical effects of a few specific mutations are relatively clear, it is premature to regard genetic testing for most applications as an accepted component of clinical management with defined test accuracies and clinical validities. Caution, careful correlation of heritability with clinical outcomes, and further research are needed before susceptibility and diagnostic genetic testing will become routine care.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)