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Two speakers at the National Society of Genetic Counselors annual meeting discussed how often genetic variants are reclassified and how that affects patients.

A study presented at the National Society of Genetic Counselors meeting examined experiences of parents whose children underwent exome sequencing.

Additional studies and reanalyses can reclassify variants of unknown significance, speakers at the National Society of Genetic Counselors meeting said.

Booming Field

CNBC reports that the genetic counseling field is expected to grow as personalized medicine becomes more common.

Respondents to a 2013 survey described changes in the way hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk is assessed, interpreted, and conveyed to patients following the court decision.

A retrospective review of panel sequencing data presented at the National Society of Genetic Counselors conference linked BRCA2 to primary brain cancer cases.

Participants of the National Society of Genetic Counselors annual education conference highlighted the need for consensus guidelines for screening potential gamete donors. 

At least some genes may play roles in both cancer risk and pediatric syndromes, posing complications for those tasked with conveying risk to patients.

Originally published Sept. 15.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Numerous studies by now have come to the conclusion that primary care physicians' lack of genomics knowhow is hindering their adoption of molecularly guided treatment strategies.

Responding to an HHS committee's request for comment on its educational and marketing practices, Myriad maintained that urging doctors to conduct genetic counseling in house instead of referring patients to a genetic counselor is legally sound, follows professional medical societies' standards, and accommodates the shortage of cancer genetics professionals.

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.