designed to identify individuals in a given population who are at higher
risk of having or developing a particular disorder, or carrying a gene for
a particular disorder
Definition from: GeneReviews
from the University of Washington and the National Center for Biotechnology Information
- Testing groups of individuals to identify defective genes capable of causing hereditary conditions.
Definition from: Office of Rare Diseases
at the National Institutes of Health
- Genetic screening is the process of testing a population for a genetic disease in order to identify a subgroup of people that either have the disease or the potential to pass it on to their offspring.
Definition from: Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms from the National Human Genome Research Institute
Related discussion in the Handbook
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.