Adoption And Sperm And Egg Donations Are No Longer Anonymous

Adoption And Sperm And Egg Donations Are No Longer Anonymous

For over a century parents had the option of placing a child for adoption anonymously – meaning that the child and adoptive family had little or no information about the biological parents, and few, if any, means to contact each other in the future.  But the advent of...

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I Had Lynch Syndrome For 30 Hours

I Had Lynch Syndrome For 30 Hours

Over the past six months, I've taken some of the most popular consumer DNA tests on the market so that I, as a genetic counselor, can better understand the consumer experience. I took an ancestry test a few months ago and was impressed with the accuracy of my ancestry...

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The Oncologist’s Guide to Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

The Oncologist’s Guide to Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

The Issue It’s another busy clinic day and you are swamped. You walk into what should be a fairly routine consult, and that patient pulls out his iPad and shows you the result of his direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic test results from 23andMe. He announces that he...

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Good News If You Receive A DNA Kit From Santa

Good News If You Receive A DNA Kit From Santa

Millions of consumers have already had genetic testing using a direct-to-consumer (DTC) kit, and thousands more will find one under their Christmas tree in a few days. In addition to learning that they are 14% Dutch and have sticky ear wax, thousands of people will...

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