At 27, Malebo Malope is one of the youngest in her field and a Phd candidate at the University of Cape Town, she specialises in genetics counselling. She is the first black genetics counsellor in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za learned that a genetics counsellor is a specially trained individual with a background in genetics and counselling. They support patients when they have to make decisions involving genetic conditions.
A genetic counsellor speaks to clients. We inform them of the medical and genetic aspects of the condition that they or their family member has.
We help them to adapt to the information or diagnosis, providing emotional and psychosocial support.
We help to facilitate the decision-making process by helping them to make well-informed decisions.— Malebo Malope
Genetics is an extremely complex field of study and Malope initially found it quite daunting but decided to stick with the course and it has paid off according to 702.co.za.
Briefly.co.za covered another story involving a young student, Shogo Ando, a nine-year-old boy from the Kansai region of Japan, has become the youngest to pass a university-level mathematics test.
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