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Date:3/18/2008

Dr. Offit also expresses apprehension that once these self ordered test results are relayed, individuals receiving the results may not also receive counseling regarding appropriate medical interventions for prevention and early detection of genetic disorders. The article reminds readers that certain state health departments, New Yorks for instance, have indicated that genetic testing for disease risk must be requested by a licensed healthcare professional and must be performed in an approved clinical laboratory.

Dr. Offit points to recent academic and governmental reports that suggest that greater regulation is required to oversee the accuracy and quality of direct to consumer genetic testing. As one of the leaders of the clinical introduction of genetic testing for breast and colon cancer over the past decade, Dr. Offit argues for the cautious introduction of new whole genome testing, preferably in the setting of ongoing clinical trials. Those of us in the field of genetic testing for cancer risk proceeded cautiouslyThe same approach should be followed for genomic testing for other disease risks he says. Not doing so runs the risk of dangerously reassuring some and needlessly worrying the already worried well.


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