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Dr Melita Irving is an expert London-based consultant and honorary reader in clinical genetics.  After initially training in paediatrics, she now specialises in genetic conditions, and has extensive experience in diagnosing and managing a wide range of genetic conditions. Her specialist interests include chromosomal disorders, rare genetic symptoms, and conditions with an underlying genetic cause.

Her sub-specialism is rare diseases of the skeleton. She has established multidisciplinary paediatric clinics in skeletal dysplasia offering a close monitoring and management service, and is an active researcher, working to develop and improve the diagnosis of severe skeletal conditions. She currently acts as the chief investigator for clinical trials in children with skeletal dysplasia, developing the diagnosis of genetic conditions and improving the accurate diagnosis of severe skeletal conditions. Her work is featured in many peer-reviewed publications and she has published extensively on various aspects of clinical genetics.

Dr Irving was a winner of the Genetic Healthcare Provider (GHP) Private Healthcare Awards 2019. In that same year, she published a book, The Human DNA Manual, offering insight into the origins, evolution and uses of genetic science. 

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Developmental delay

What is developmental delay? Developmental delay is when your child doesn't reach expe...

Genetic disorders

What are genetic disorders? Hereditary diseases, also known as genetic disorders, are inherited conditions which have been passed on through yo...


What is achondroplasia? Achondroplasia is a ...

Skeletal dysplasia

What is skeletal dysplasia? A skeletal dysplasia is a problem with the way that bones grow and develop. There are over 200 types of skeletal dy...

Genetic testing

What is genetic testing? Genetic testing is a tool that is used to find out whether a person is carrying a specific alter...

Enfermedades, Pruebas y Tratamientos

  • Achondroplasia
  • Aneuploidy
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Consanguinity
  • Developmental delay
  • Direct-to-consumer genetic testing
  • DNA testing
  • Genetic counselling
  • Genetic disorders
  • Genetic syndrome
  • Genetic testing
  • Genetic testing results
  • Genomic medicine
  • Infertility
  • Karyotyping
  • Klinefelter syndrome
  • Mosaicism
  • Prenatal testing
  • Skeletal dysplasia
  • Trying to conceive

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Prenatal screening tests: are they accurate?
Genetic screening is designed to give reassurance to those hoping to have a child. Unlike genetic testing, genetic screening is done 'blind' and without any indication of a potential genetic disorder being passed to a child. Clinical geneticist Dr Melita Irving explains prenatal screening and clarifies it's accuracy.
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