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The Past, Present, and Future of Genetic Counseling with Emily Fassi

7 Apr 2022 10:43 AM | Anonymous

Here is a field that I am not very familiar with: genetic counseling. An article by Simon Barnett and published in the web site just taught me a great deal. It contains an (audio) podcast that sheds light on genetic counseling.

The podcast discusses:

  • Levels of detail that genetic counselors are able to provide their patients with, in comparison to physicians.
  • Emily’s experience working in the pediatric and rare disease counseling realm, and how this contrasts to the oncology genetic counseling realm she is now working in.
  • The process of deciding which genetics tests to do on a patient.
  • Germline versus somatic mutations, and the increasing frequency of paired testing.
  • Limitations of the guidelines around who should have genetic testing.
  • Comparing polygenic and monogenic testing, and why Emily is excited about the former.
  • Changes that Emily hopes to see take place in the genetic counseling field in the future.
  • Some of the factors that lead to preventable cancers not being picked up early enough.

You can find the article (and the podcast) at:

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