Genetics Health Center

The modern science of genetics had its start in 1866 when an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel provided a simple yet powerful description of how traits are passed on from one generation to another. Thanks to Mendel, when we think of our children, we can see them as a mixture of their two parents, with traits from both sides becoming more evident as they grow.

Dr. Greene’s Genetics Topic Center provides information on blood types, the Rh system, figuring paternity, and the how’s and why’s of genetic disorders.

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What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Dr. Greene’s Answer: Until June 23, 1997, type 1 diabetes was also called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Normally, a hormone called insulin pushes sugar from the blood into the body’s cells where it can be used for fuel. The concentration of sugar in the blood remains within a fairly narrow range. If the body stops …

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From color blindness to sickle cell anemia, Dr. Greene dives deep to explain certain conditions caused by genetic abnormalities.

Genetics & Blood Type

What does it mean to be Rh negative? Why are there different blood types? Dr. Greene examines how blood types are determined in children.

Genetic Testing

The topic of genetic testing can be overwhelming. Read on to learn about the various types of testing, and which may be appropriate under certain circumstances.

Neurological Diseases

The diagnosis of a neurological disorder can be frightening. However, there are many resources to learn more about your child’s condition in order to support them in having a happy, healthy childhood.

Hereditary Genetics

Hereditary genetic disorders encompass a wide variety of conditions that are passed on via genes from the parents. Sometimes parents may not even know they carry a gene until it presents in one of their children. Take a look at some common hereditary conditions here.

Birth Defects

So-called “birth defects” can come about as a result of environmental conditions, or from genetic and hereditary traits. Learn about ways to support your child in living their best lives, despite challenges from birth.