Genetics expert witnesses may write reports and opine on genetic diagnosis, prenatal testing, medical genetics, and related topics. Virtual Medical Practice LLC writes that the number of diseases in humans known to be attributable to inherited inborn errors of metabolism exceeds 500.
While individually rare, collectively these disorders account for a significant proportion of illness particularly in children. A recent study in a major US pediatric hospital found that an underlying disorder with a significant genetic component was found in 71% of admitted children. The vast majority (96%) of underlying chronic disorders in children in this study were either clearly genetic or had a genetic susceptibility.
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