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Ask the Experts: Developments in Genetic Testing

Gail Herman

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Dr. Gail Herman, MD, PhD is a member of the Center for Molecular and Human Genetics in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Dept. of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. She is the current President of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

What exciting developments in genetic testing should we expect to see in 2015? “Consumers can expect to see more opportunities in pre-conception – expanded carrier screening for couples planning a pregnancy and concerned about genetic disease in a future child, as well as continuing expansion of non-invasive prenatal screening for chromosome abnormalities. Together these technological advances provide additional screening and testing for couples concerned about genetic risks in a future pregnancy that are less invasive and come at lower cost.”

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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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