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Bio-Reference Licenses GeneTests.org from U. Washington

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bio-Reference Laboratories today announced a licensing agreement with the University of Washington to move GeneTests.org, GeneClinics.org, and all other related properties to become a business unit of Bio-Reference.

GeneTests.org has been a resource for geneticists, genetic counselors, and physicians seeking information about testing for inherited disorders and genetic counseling services since 1992, Bio-Reference said. It lists more than 600 international laboratories that offer genetic testing for more than 3,000 disorders and provides information on more than 1,100 international genetic clinics, which provide diagnostic and genetic counseling services to patients.

After the transition, GeneTests.org will continue to link out to GeneReviews, an online National Institutes of Health-funded resource, which comprises peer-reviewed chapters on specific inherited diseases and genetic testing in diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling.

"As the field of genetics has grown more complex and specialized, GeneTests.org has become one of the most indispensable tools of the trade as a single source of information on genetic test availability," GeneTests.org Founder Roberta Pagon said in a statement. She will now become a consultant to Bio-Reference and is the medical director of GeneTests.org.

Financial details were not disclosed.

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