As Genetic Testing Goes Mainstream, Clinics Emerge to Guide Patients Through Information

The ease by which patients can dive into their own genetics has opened new doors to understanding personal health, but it has also left consumers with mounds of information to digest before they can make informed decisions.

“We’re at a transformational point in genetics,” says Ophir Klein, MD, PhD, the chief of UC San Francisco’s Division of Medical Genetics and faculty member in the UCSF School of Dentistry. “Over the past few years our ability to read our genetic code has rapidly improved, and we are entering an era of explosive growth.”

While new insights into human genetics have led to better diagnoses and treatments, they have also shown researchers how complex the relationship is between genetics and health, particularly when considering overall health of a patient who is well.

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