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Genetic Counseling in the Genomic Era 

Genetic Counseling in the Genomic Era
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Genetic Counseling in the Genomic Era
Author(s):

Barbara B. Biesecker

, Kathryn F. Peters

, and Robert Resta

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190626426.003.0011
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date: 29 March 2020

The nature and scope of genetic counseling is continuing to evolve in the face of the expanding application of new genetic testing technologies like exome and genome sequencing. This creates a new set of challenges for determining the role of genetic counselors and genetic counseling in the delivery of genetic services. Genetic counselors may shift from being gatekeepers to genetic testing to interpreters of complex genetic test results. While this may require learning new biomedical information, the application of basic counseling skills will continue to be critical to service delivery. While testing has become more sophisticated and complex, it still comes down to families and patients trying to integrate genetic information into their lives in meaningful ways. This has, on one level, not changed for at least the last half-century.

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