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.

Get the full story

This story is free
for registered users

Registering provides access to this and other free content.

Register now.

Already have an account?
Login Now.

In PLOS this week: genes under positive selection in Plasmodium falciparum populations, genetic variation in Epstein-Barr viruses, and more.

Cancer clinical trial patients settle with Anil Potti and Duke University.

A trio of researchers is trying to raise money to sequence and analyze the genome of a cat with a suite of unusual traits.

Two Johns Hopkins researchers discuss the need for evidence-based data analysis.