We asked readers to vote on three different statements or present their own statement about the service. We had a total of 68 votes. Here is what we found:
- The most common response: 44% of readers believe that the test should only be offered through a medical professional
- Many respondents believe that the test is a “big step forward for couples considering pregnancy” (35%)
- 12% of respondents feel that the test is “dangerously oversold“
A small subset of readers chose to add their own response (6 total):
- Three of these readers believe the test is a good resource, but took issue with the marketing of the product, calling it “alarming” and “inappropriate”
- Another respondent believes this test “represents the future of genetic testing“
- Two respondents were particularly concerned about the detection rates quoted by the website
It is important to keep in mind that this poll was simply a fun exercise. We did not restrict the number of times a reader could vote and did not perform any statistical analysis of the results.
In any case, I am not particularly surprised by the outcome. Generally, readers of the DNA Exchange (a.k.a. genetic counsellors) believe that this info should be given in the context of genetic counselling by a medical professional. Makes sense.
I voted for the “big step forward” answer. Personally, I don’t have a problem with this particular test being ordered directly by the consumer. But, I do believe that a medical professional should be available for consultation if the consumer is seeking it. And to their credit, Counsyl has several avenues on their site for a consumer to consult a genetic counselor either pre- or post- testing. It is interesting to think about how I might have voted differently a year or two ago.
Care to share your answer here?