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Ask the Experts: Developments in Genetic Testing

Amy Lynn McGuire

mcguireDr. McGuire, JD, PhD, currently serves on the Advisory Council for the National Human Genome Research Institute. She is the director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Baylor College of Medicine.

What exciting developments in genetic testing should we expect to see in 2015? “I think the most exciting and important development this year will be a major effort to share data broadly and to create more comprehensive and reliable databases to aid in gene discovery, annotation, and interpretation. The scientific and regulatory communities are coming together, with a shared focus on setting standards for quality assurance so that patients who receive genomic testing can rest assured that the information they get back is accurate and reliable. The hundreds of thousands (maybe even millions) of individuals who have their genomes sequenced this year can no longer be called “early adopters.” Genomics has infiltrated main stream clinical practice, and this year we will see an unprecedented number of patients benefiting from testing.”

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Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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