The Cancer Genetics Clinic is part of Stanford's
Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated center
offering genetic counseling and testing for individuals concerned with
the risk of an inherited cancer predisposition. The clinic staff
includes medical oncologists, genetic counselors, and geneticists.
The Human Genome Project (HGP), according to the National Human
Genome Research Institute, was the international, collaborative
research program formed to complete the mapping and understanding of
all the genes of human beings. All our genes together are known as our "genome."
The hereditary material is the double helix of deoxyribonucleic acid
(DNA), which contains all human genes. DNA, in turn, is made up of
four chemical bases, pairs of which form the "rungs" of the
twisted, ladder-shaped DNA molecules. All genes are made up of
stretches of these four bases, arranged in different ways and in
During the HGP, researchers deciphered the human genome in three
major ways: determining the order, or "sequence," of all the
bases in our genome's DNA; making maps that show the locations of
genes for major sections of all our chromosomes; and producing what
are called linkage maps through which inherited traits (such as those
for genetic disease) can be tracked over generations.
The HGP revealed that there are probably somewhere between 30,000
and 40,000 human genes. The completed human sequence can now identify
their locations. The result of the HGP has given the world a resource
of detailed information about the structure, organization, and
function of the complete set of human genes. This information can be
thought of as the basic set of inheritable "instructions"
for the development and function of a human being.
The International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium completed and
published the full sequence in April 2003.
James Ford, MD, director of the Stanford Cancer Genetics Program, has always been fascinated with figuring out how genetics influences cancer. His interest is in working with families to lower their risk of familial cancer.
This video explains how genetic counselors at Stanford’s Cancer Genetics Clinic help families understand if they have a hereditary cancer syndrome and an elevated risk for colon cancer.
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