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Genetic Counselors Hold the Key to the Genomics Revolution

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As a genetic counselor who specializes in psychiatric illnesses and addictions, I help people understand what we know about how our experiences and our genetics work together to cause illness. During a genetic counseling session, we work through any guilt, fear or stigma people may be feeling about

The Things I Think I Know

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Editor’s note: The following article is a part of the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ patient blog post series. Written by real patients, these stories share a glimpse into the sometimes complicated world of genetics and the role a genetic counselor

A Patient’s Impact on Their Genetic Counselor

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In 2016, Genome magazine and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) held the inaugural Code Talker Award — an essay contest sponsored by Invitae for patients and their families to pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating him or her for an award to be presented at NSGC’s Annual Con

Dear Jeanie: Whole Genome Sequencing

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Recently, I read in a newspaper article that I would soon be able to get my entire genome sequenced for less than $1,000. That’s crazy! Is this true? I thought that genome sequencing would cost like a billion dollars. Should I do it?

FDA Approved 23andMe At-Home Genetic Tests: It’s More Than “Just a Test”

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If you’ve been reading  the news, you know that last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the marketing of 23andMe Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk tests for 10 genetic diseases or conditions, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and celiac diseases.  What you may not know is