Ferre Genetics has pioneered a unique approach to comprehensive genetic services. We have been molding the concept of community-based genetics in upstate NY for almost 40 years by providing exemplary genetic counseling services to many underserved areas. The term “community-based” is a common descriptor that can hold various meanings within the genetics community. Ours is a true collaborative clinical model that enhances clinical care and forms the foundation for ongoing education of health practitioners by involving the referring practitioner in the genetic evaluation and testing process.
Today, we are proud to have created a community of medical providers that depend on our services in 30 counties of upstate NY. The Human Genome Project has launched us into new areas of adult genetics: familial cancer, neurological and cardiovascular disorders, among others. Genetic services now must provide genetic risk assessment, evaluation, and counseling across the life cycle. We are committed to take on the challenge of genomics, risk stratification, and genotyping as tools in addressing common conditions. The professional genetics staff at Ferre Genetics has responded to this significant expansion and application of genetic information and genetic testing options.
Ferre Genetics is under the administrative umbrella of the Ferre Institute, Inc. Our administrative office is based in Binghamton, NY and, unlike most genetics programs, we are not affiliated with a university or medical center. “Ferre” (a Latin term that refers to fertility) was established in 1974 by our late medical director, Dr. Murray Nusbaum as a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of professionals and consumers on issues of infertility, family building, and genetic risk.
Our community-based genetics service assures access to genetic counseling for patients and their medical providers in the communities where they live and work, and promotes public awareness of genetics in everyday life.