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Analyze chromosomes found in biological specimens such as amniotic fluids, bone marrow, and blood to aid in the study, diagnosis, or treatment of genetic diseases.
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Count numbers of chromosomes and identify the structural abnormalities by viewing culture slides through microscopes, light microscopes, or photomicroscopes.
Arrange and attach chromosomes in numbered pairs on karyotype charts, using standard genetics laboratory practices and nomenclature, to identify normal or abnormal chromosomes.
Analyze chromosomes found in biological specimens to aid diagnoses and treatments for genetic diseases such as congenital birth defects, fertility problems, and hematological disorders.
Examine chromosomes found in biological specimens to detect abnormalities.
Create chromosome images using computer imaging systems.
Select appropriate culturing system or procedure based on specimen type and reason for referral.
Harvest cell cultures using substances such as mitotic arrestants, cell releasing agents, and cell fixatives.
Summarize test results and report to appropriate authorities.
Describe chromosome, FISH and aCGH analysis results in Internations System of Cytogenetic Nomenclature (ISCN) language.
Prepare slides of cell cultures following standard procedures.
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