Consumer Reports Identifies ‘Potential Pitfalls’ of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests

At-home genetic test kits face scrutiny for providing information that may provide consumers with an incomplete picture of their genetic health risks and ancestry Genetic testing for disease risk and heritage are hugely popular. But though clinical laboratory and pathology professionals understand the difference between a doctor-ordered genetic health risk (GHR) test and a direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic test, the typical genetic test customer may not. And misunderstanding the results of a...

Identification of New Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Could Set Stage for Clinical Laboratory Test to Identify and Diagnosis the Disease in Its Early Stages

Initial skin test research shows promise but larger clinical studies needed before diagnostic tool could be ready for use by medical laboratories and pathologists Researchers in Mexico developed a skin test that could lead to the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and pave the way for new therapies to treat a disease ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. For clinical pathologists and medical laboratories, a testing breakthrough would be significant since the...

Stanford Medical Students Undergo Genetic Testing to Study Their Own Genotypes

Pathology departments may want to create similar courses to teach medical students how to interpret genetic and genotyping tests Genetic testing of participating university students was part of a special class that was conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine last summer. The genetic pathology test was voluntary for the 54 students who participated in the eight-week course that was designed by a student. The genotyping happened as part of the class, titled “Genetics-210,...
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