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Benefits and Drawbacks of At-Home Genetic Tests

Cristina Nixon, licensed certified genetic counselor, explains at-home genetic tests and why genetic counseling is so important.
Mar 20, 2018
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In the wake of the March 6, 2018 U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorization of the 23andMe Personal Genomic Service Genetic Health Risk Report for BRCA1/BRCA2 (Selected Variants) test, we talked to Cristina Nixon about at-home genetic testing.

Listen to the podcast to hear Cristina explain:

  • the differences between an at-home genetic test, such as the 23andMe BRCA genetic test, and a genetic test that is ordered by your doctor, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each

  • how the cost of a genetic test ordered by a doctor isn’t much more than the cost of an at-home genetic test

  • why genetic counseling is so important when having genetic testing

  • what she wants people to know about at-home genetic tests

About the guest
 
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Cristina Nixon, MS, LCGC

Affiliations: Main Line Health, Genetics and Risk Assessment Program at Main Line Health

Areas of specialization: genetic counseling, cancer genetics, cancer
risk assessment

Cristina Nixon is a licensed certified genetic counselor with the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program at Main Line Health in Pennsylvania. In addition to counseling patients, she also assists with research, including a study looking at multi-gene panels in BRCA1/BRCA2-positive families. Cristina also has completed the City of Hope’s intensive course in cancer risk assessment.

— Last updated on May 3, 2022, 2:05 PM

 
 
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