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InformedDNA Supports Access to Genetic Counselors Legislation

InformedDNA is very proud to be one of the leading employers for experienced genetic counselors, currently employing nearly 100 board-certified genetic counselors in varied roles nationwide. InformedDNA’s vision remains the same: Improve access to clinical and scientific genomics expertise to optimize patient outcomes and healthcare spending.  While InformedDNA built the first telehealth-based genetic counseling service …

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COVID-19 Vaccinations are Safe

The Relationship Between mRNA Vaccines and Your DNA

Even though we are well into the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, some people are still understandably hesitant to get vaccinated. Science moved at an unprecedented pace to develop the vaccines, and those of us who work in scientific fields often marvel at how vaccines that work so well emerged in such a short time. One persistent …

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Huntington's Disease

Putting Huntington’s Disease into Perspective: Genetic Counselors Help At-Risk Family Members Make Informed Decisions

Deciding whether to pursue testing for Huntington’s disease (HD) can be difficult. This progressive, fatal disease is devastating to individuals and families with each child of a parent with HD having a 50/50 chance of inheriting the condition. Genetic testing for HD is often carried out through one of the nation’s 80 HD specialty centers. …

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The right genetic testing lab

Choosing a Genetic Testing Lab: Six Essential Questions for Healthcare Providers

The National Institutes of Health warns that “most genetic tests today are not regulated, meaning that they go to market without any independent analysis to verify the claims of the seller.” By 2020, there were more than 140,000 different genetic and genomic tests on the clinical market in the U.S., sourced by more than 1,700 …

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The Importance of Achieving Diversity in Rare Disease Clinical Trials

Increasing diversity and inclusion in clinical trials has become a subject of heightened focus – and understandably so. Including a more diverse patient population in trials ultimately results in confidence that a product will be able to address the needs of more people. Factor in the unique challenges of the rare disease population, and the …

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COVID-19’s Impact on Genetic Test Pre-Authorizations

Genetic services, like nearly all other medical specialties, have been impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions to outpatient services, which began in March 2020, resulted in a cascade of events. The most significant of these were limitations in patient access — both to the professional guidance of genetic counselors, as well as essential genetic …

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FAQ: Genetic Screening for Clinical Trials in Neurodegenerative Conditions

The American Neurological Association estimates that with an aging population, approximately 8.4 million Americans will be affected with dementia by the year 2030. The rise in neurodegenerative diseases has been met by a call to action by affected patient communities as well as a significant increase in novel drug development and clinical trials. Still, the …

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Interpreting variants of uncertain significance (VUS) in larger hereditary cancer panels

As genetic testing panels get larger, strategies to manage the downstream implications of testing are important. In many scenarios, it is now easier for labs to perform multi-gene sequencing panels than it is to target specific individual genes. This situation has been used to call for less management of molecular genetic testing utilization, a particularly …

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Genetic Testing: Perception vs. Misconception

Genetic Testing: Perception vs. Misconception

The number of gene therapies in development has increased more than 150% over the past four years, while in Great Britain, an ambitious plan to sequence the genome of every baby sparks conversations among consumers and experts alike around fast-tracking genetic discovery. However, the speed of genetic advances is outpacing many healthcare providers’ understanding of …

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Whole Exome Sequencing: How is it being used?

Fifty years after the structure of DNA was initially described, the first reference human genome was completed by the Human Genome Project in 2003.  Since then, genomic sequencing technology, particularly next-generation sequencing (NGS), has revolutionized the genomic testing industry. NGS technology has not only allowed for gene discovery but has also provided a platform for …

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