Assessment of prospective genetic counseling in the Ferrara area.


A group of 613 heterozygotes for beta thalassemia (267 married, 346 unmarried) who were screened mostly at elementary school age, were identified and interviewed at the average age of 23.7 years to assess their knowledge of the heterozygous state and its implications. It was found that 83% recalled some information about their heterozygous state; only 60… (More)


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