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A simple blood draw is replacing a giant needle to the belly for testing their fetuses for a range of genetic disorders.
… breathing a collective sigh of relief now that a simple blood draw is replacing a giant needle to the belly for testing their fetuses for a range of genetic disorders. This non-invasive blood test, combined with advances in genomic medicine, has …
Educational Resources
Genetic testing is the use of a laboratory test to look for genetic variations associated with a disease.
… Genetic Testing … Genetic testing is the use of a laboratory test to look for genetic … associated with a disease. … Genetic Variation, Genetic Testing, Genetic Counselor, Newborn Screening, Family Health …
Policy Issues
Most genetic tests today are not regulated, meaning that they go to market without any independent analysis to verify the claims of the seller.
… including laboratories conducting clinical genetic testing, through its CLIA program. CLIA refers to the … must pass in order to legally conduct clinical testing. The objective of CLIA is to determine clinical testing quality, including verification of the procedures …
Policy Issues
Payers such as insurance companies and Medicare need systematic ways of evaluating genetic tests for reimbursement.
… For patients to have full access to the benefits of genetic testing, payers such as insurance companies and Medicare need … patients to have full access to the benefits of genetic testing, payers such as insurance companies and Medicare need … lack of extensive data evaluating the economics of genetic testing. This makes it even more difficult to evaluate which …
For Patients and Families
​Genetic tests may be used to identify increased risks of health problems, to choose treatments, or to assess responses to treatments.
… Genetic testing uses laboratory methods to look at your genes, which … results might mean to you and your family. Because genetic testing tells you information about your DNA, which is shared … sometimes a genetic test result may have implications for blood relatives of the person who had testing. … Diagnostic …
Fact Sheets
Newborn screening tests use a dried blood sample collected during the first week after birth to measure the presence of disease biomarkers.
… Newborn screening tests use a dried blood sample collected during the first week after birth to … all of the current newborn screening tests use a dried blood sample collected during the first week after birth to … genome sequencing in addition, or instead of, existing testing programs? Are there additional considerations to …
Media Availability
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that affects ten percent of the world's population, but the genetics underlying the disease remain poorly understood.
… National Institute on Aging; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and the National Institute on Minority … … Type 2 diabetes, diabetes, genetics and diabetes, blood sugar testing, genetic risk, Francis Collins research … Type 2 …
Healthcare Provider Genomics Education Resource
An FAQ designed to help healthcare professionals understand the diverse landscape of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing and the benefits and limitations of these tests.
… Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing for Healthcare Professionals   What is direct-to-consumer genetic testing?   Direct-to-consumer genetic tests (DTC-GT) are … times. Testing is non-invasive and does not require a blood draw.    Consumers are not required to share their …