In October, the UK's National Health Service will launch a pilot program to train NHS scientists to help patients and doctors understand genetic tests, reports the UK's Times Online. The pilot program in the West Midlands will cost £4.5 million (about $7.4 million) and, once trained, the scientists will have the background to help primary care and hospital-based physicians on which genetic tests may be needed and interpretation of results.

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