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How to Navigate Imprecision in the Precision Medicine Era

Deepti Babu, MS, CGC 0 675

When it comes to genetics and what we can learn from it, the progress we’ve made can make your head spin. I became interested in a genetic counseling career in the late ‘90s, which feels like ancient history. Back then, I’d speak to families about the possibility of a genetic condition, but there likely wasn’t a genetic test available to tell us more. If we confirmed a diagnosis, there usually weren’t many treatments to help. We’ve come a long way.

Will an At-home DNA Test Tell Me What I Want to Know?

Comparing At-home and Medical-grade DNA Test Options for Health Information

Brianne Kirkpatrick, MS, LCGC 0 1575

Every day it seems there’s a new at-home DNA test on the market, and two of the biggest testing companies – Ancestry.com and 23andMe – have sold over 30 million tests combined. If you’re considering an at-home DNA test, you may have questions. Can you rely on these tests to give you accurate medical information? Are they something you can use in place of a test ordered at your doctor’s office? If so, what do the results mean?

Managing the Unexpected: Prepare for What Prenatal Screening May Reveal

Blair Stevens, MS, CGC 0 1113

I walk into the consultation room to find my patient with tears falling down her flushed cheeks as she tries to keep from audibly sobbing. Her husband holds her hand and avoids eye contact, looking scared and helpless. She is five months pregnant and just had an ultrasound appointment. They expected it to be filled with joy and to leave with cute ultrasound pictures, but instead they’re filled with fear and despair.