SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 13, 2014 – What is a genetic counselor and what does a genetic counselor do at Pathway Genomics? From the outside you would think that answering this question would be a simple task for someone who has spent more than 20 years providing clinical genetic counseling in a wide variety of circumstances such as prenatal, neurogenetics, hematology, and cancer genetics. Genetic counselors are a fiercely protective and private lot when it comes to our clients and our profession. Who we are and what we do are intimately intertwined.
SAN DIEGO, CA – October 2. 2014 – Genetic testing provides the opportunity to gain all sorts of insight–from the potential to diagnose rare diseases, to providing targeted therapies, to prevention. Although we have historically focused on the use of genetic testing for diagnosis, less attention has been given to genetic testing’s clinical use in preventing disease and managing health.
In the US, only 2% of the population has ever undergone genetic testing. However many studies show that the majority of patients and physicians believe that genetic testing is on the rise and that a significantly higher portion of the population could benefit from genetic testing to help identify risk for and even diagnose preventable conditions.