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Conflicting Interpretation of Cancer Genetic Test Results Common

September 23, 2016

(Medscape) – The results of multiplex genetic cancer tests are being interpreted in different ways at different laboratories, even when they are Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)–approved commercial laboratories. A new study has found considerable variation: In some cases, genetic mutations were interpreted as pathogenic or likely pathogenic by some labs but were considered to be of unknown significance by others. These variations could have implications for medical management decisions, the authors comment.

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