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The Late Show

Okay, so I admit to being a little obsessed with being on time for, well, everything in life. As I used to say to my kids when we traveled as a family, “If you don’t hurry up we are not … Continue reading

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23andMe Reveals a Snippet of it’s own DNA

You have got to feel sorry for 23andMe. Ha!  What a funny thing for me to say.  Genetic counselors don’t feel sorry for 23andMe.  After all, they offer a service of which many of us are deeply distrustful, suspecting that … Continue reading

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Selective Amnesia, Part 2: Guardians of The Gene Pool

A few weeks ago in this space, drawing on the research of others, I wrote about how geneticists have created a collective memory of eugenics in which they put all the “bad” eugenics behind us after World War II and … Continue reading

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Why “H.R.3235 The Access To Genetic Counselors Services Act” Makes ACMG Feel Threatened By Genetic Counselors (Again)

In the  United States, genetic counseling services are typically delivered by masters level genetic counselors. Yet Medicare, the largest health insurer in the US, does not recognize genetic counselors as reimbursable providers. No health professional is better qualified to provide … Continue reading

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Is There A Doctor in The House? Physician-Mediated DTC Genetic Testing

23andMe has received a lot of attention as well as significant criticism from the medical community for their ever-expanding direct to consumer (DTC) genetic test offerings. While I share many concerns about 23andMe, it is worth noting that of the … Continue reading

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The List Returns: My Top 10 Stories in Genetics in 2019

2019!!  I’m going to declare it The Year of the Phoenix, with old promises rising from the dead (gene therapy) along with left-for-dead approaches (you came back with a vengeance, polygenic risk scores) and even older fears (remember when we … Continue reading

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Genetic Counselor Reinvented

I have a confession to make. Now that I am half way through my 60s – not exactly elderly, but too old to die young – I have become increasingly insecure about my relevance to the field of genetic counseling. … Continue reading

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MUTYH: Who should be screened? How should we screen? Who decides?

As recently discussed on the DNA Exchange, general population screening for any health condition has both risks and benefits, and sound health policy should weigh all of these factors to ensure that we are doing more good than harm. But … Continue reading

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Mind Games

As is the case with many topics in genetics, I learn the most in my time away from the office, researching questions for friends and family. And the genetics questions du jour are almost all related to pharmacogenomics (PGx) testing. … Continue reading

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The Benefits and Blinders of Do-Goodism

Genetic counselors are good people who want to do good. And that also goes for the vast majority of clinicians in all specialties and support staff who I have ever worked with. We may have brief dalliances with cynicism but … Continue reading

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