Understanding Genetics

dna-word-cloudThe CPMC Study Team is committed to educating healthcare providers, students, and participants and non-participants of the research study about the role of genetics in health management. Recognizing the importance of educating the medical and lay communities about genetics and its usefulness in medicine, Coriell scientists and staff regularly lecture to medical students, physicians, and other healthcare providers.

This section of the study portal has been designed to offer insights on genetics and how you can better understand your risk for disease and drug response through your own genetic make-up, in lay terms. We hope you find these pages interesting and informative. We welcome your feedback via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

While these pages offer a high-level understanding, more detailed information can be found at the following links:

Genetics Home Reference "Help Me Understand Genetics Handbook"
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) (Fact Sheet from NHGRI)
Chromosomes (Fact Sheet from NHGRI)
"A Tour of the Basics" - The University of Utah, Genetic Science Learning Center
NSW Centre for Genetics Education Fact Sheets


Health Conditions and Drug Response 
health-conditions-drug-response-thumbThe CPMC returns comprehensive reports on an array of health conditions and drug responses. Learn more about each condition, from symptoms to lowering your risk. [Learn More>]

Genetics 101

You have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes, and they combine to form your genome [ Learn More › ]

Genetic Variation

Genetic variants can be thought of as typos in the spelling of our genetic code
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It Runs in the Family

Your genes were inherited from your parents. From eye color to your risk for macular degeneration   [ Learn More › ]

Diagnosis versus Increased Risk

It's important to understand the relationship between results and risk [ Learn More › ]

Genetic and Non-Genetic Risk

Complex diseases are caused by several factors [ Learn More › ]

Understanding Risk

The CPMC looks at genetic, family history, and lifestyle risk factors [ Learn More › ]

Multi-variant Risk

The CPMC research study provides participants with personalized risk reports based on one or more genetic variants Learn More› ]

Genomics and Prescription Drugs

Your genes can influence your response to prescription drugs [ Learn More › ]

Tailoring Medications

Genetics play a key role in prescribing medications  [ Learn More › ]


A guide to key genetic terms and concepts [ Learn More › ]