NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Physicians who are well informed about genomic testing are twice as likely to order such tests in their practice as those who are less informed, according to a survey released today at the American Society of Human Genetics annual conference in Hawaii.

However, the survey also found that only 10 percent of the same group believe they are well informed about such tests.

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