The steady rise of the numbers of genetic tests being used in clinical care, the ever-expanding number of known functional genetic markers, and the possibility that whole-genome sequencing may be used more widely in treatment, all suggest that there may be a need for more genetic counselors.

Telephone consultations could make it easier for patients and consumers to get more information about what tests and results mean, and these tele-sessions are likely just as effective as face-to-face visits, a new study says. It also could save money.

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Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

In PNAS this week: gut microbes may affect honeybee weight, phenotype and gene expression changes in DiGeorge syndrome, and more.