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Definition

Commercially available services that provide genetic testing outside of the medical environment.

Use in clinical context

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing can offer services such as ancestry and health testing. There are concerns that individuals and families making use of these services may not realise the full implications of any potential results. The laboratories providing such testing are unregulated and the amount of support provided varies. This could lead to patients visiting their GP with results that do not merit further clinical investigation or, conversely, patients may be falsely reassured by results.

Related terms

Genetics

Last updated on 24th May, 2019