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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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The New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.