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When Baby Is Due, Genetic Counselors Seen Downplaying False Alarms

March 7, 2016

(Boston Globe) – Parents are starting to question the independence of the fast-growing field of genetic counseling as more and more counselors are paid by the companies that make the tests. About 14 percent of the nation’s 4,000 genetic counselors worked directly for testing labs in 2014, up from 9 percent just two years earlier, according to their professional society. The balance tend to work for hospitals or doctors’ practices.

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