With genetic tests rapidly entering medical practice, and some patients even ordering them on their own, the NIH has launched a Genetic Testing Registry to help doctors interpret and follow up on these tests. In this interview, the director of the new Genetic Testing Registry tells why you need it, and what's there for your reference.
If you need to order a genetic test, or (it could happen) if a patient hands you the result of such a test, would you know how to interpret the results? In this interview, Wendy Rubinstein, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health's new Genetic Testing Registry, tells why you need this online resource about genetic testing and related topics, and what's in the database for your reference.
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Dr Rubinstein is an internist and medical geneticist.
1. Why do primary care doctors need a genetic testing registry?
2. You've told us what it is. Please tell us what it is not.
3. Can anyone understand the information?
4. Are there any questions you'd like to ask of your listeners?
Guide to the New NIH Online Directory of Genetic Tests
The newly launched Gene Testing Registry is a work in progress. For examples of complete results in each category, Dr. Rubinstein suggests trying out the following search terms: Otochip (a test), Fabry's disease (a condition), and warfarin (a drug matched with pharmacogenetic biomarkers).