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ACOG Guidelines on Prenatal Screening for Aneuploidy

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Understanding Melanoma: Genetic and Environmental Factors

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Carrier Screening Tests for Expecting Parents: A Discussion on VUS

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“How to Spit” A guide on how to provide a saliva sample for genetic testing

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The Changing Landscape of Genetic Counseling

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Think Before You Spit: A Guide to Understanding At-Home DNA Testing Kits

Genetic Testing

ACOG Guidelines on Prenatal Screening for Aneuploidy

In October 2020 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) released an updated practice bulletin regarding genetic screening and testing for chromosomal abnormalities during pregnancy. You may ask, why is this important? Why or how does this impact me?  Let’s start with, who are these organizations …

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Carrier Screening Tests for Expecting Parents: A Discussion on VUS

My colleagues and I were recently discussing some issues around carrier screening, particularly when it comes to variants of uncertain significance (VUS). As the name implies, VUSs are changes that are found in a gene that have not been seen enough to know whether they affect how the gene works (and thus can cause disease) …

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“How to Spit” A guide on how to provide a saliva sample for genetic testing

You’ve just received your very own saliva collection kit- congratulations! Now you’re left with the somewhat daunting task of providing a sample. Set aside etiquette concerns and start thinking about your favorite meal or snack- let’s get those saliva glands into full gear! Step 1: Nothing by mouth for 30 minutes I hope you read …

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The Changing Landscape of Genetic Counseling

The landscape of the genetic counselor workforce has shifted dramatically in recent years, in large part due to new opportunities for genetic counselors in genetic testing laboratory settings. According to the Professional Status Survey conducted by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the number of genetic counselors who report a laboratory as their primary work setting …

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Think Before You Spit: A Guide to Understanding At-Home DNA Testing Kits

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, or testing that can be ordered from your home without a medical provider, has blown up as an industry over the last 10 years. Some estimates have the global direct-to-consumer genetic testing market reaching $2.5 billion by the year 2025. So. Much. Money to be made! And these companies know it. …

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