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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?

What to Consider Before Taking an At-Home DNA Test

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Approximately 7 million ancestry tests have been ordered by curious consumers, most of those in the past few years. That’s a lot of DNA! While many people may choose ancestry testing to find out more about their ethnic background, that’s just one result that can come from an online DNA test.

Genetic Counseling for Cancer Where you Least Expect It

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On a recent flight, I sat next to a passenger* who asked what I did for a living.  After telling her I am a genetic counselor who specializes in hereditary cancers, the conversation turned into a curbside consult about her family health history. It ended with a big surprise for her.
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