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September 01, 2015

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Will It Go Away?

DTCs Have Created Controversy Among Healthcare Professionals

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Will It Go Away?

Healthcare professionals express concern that due to complexities of genetic testing and counseling, the self-ordering of genetic tests by patients could cause harm. [DepositPhotos/ Julia_Tim (modified by Clinical OMICs]

The NIH defines direct-to-consumer genetic tests (DTCs) as those aimed at consumers via television, print advertisements, or the Internet Also known as at-home genetic tests they provide access to a person’s genetic information without necessarily involving a doctor or insurance company in the process...

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