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. The scientists may also aid in doctor-patients conferrals. "We need scientists who are more clinically trained, so they can work with the changing and diffuse nature of genetics," says Sue Hill, the chief scientific officer Department of Health. "Genetic scientists may actually start to sit in clinics with medics and play a key role, explaining to patients what the results are showing. This isn't about scientists replacing medics, it's about working together in a team."
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