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Complex Genomics Expands Role of Genetic Counselors

By Julia Karow, GenomeWeb
Published on December 30, 2013
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Excerpt: “Genetic counselors have always helped patients navigate genetic testing, explaining to patients ahead of time what the test might reveal, and after results are in what it all means for them and their families. The advent of new genomic tests has both expanded and changed their roles, shaping their discussions with patients and creating new employment opportunities outside the clinical arena. GenomeWeb spoke with four genetic counselors working in various organizations — two academic medical centers, a genetic testing company, and a genomic tools provider with a nascent diagnostic arm — about how genomics, and the capabilities of new sequencing technology in particular, has been changing their profession.”