Incidental and Secondary Findings, Part 2: Perspectives from the Research Community

By: David Shifrin, PhD Life Science Consultant and Freelance Writer In the previous post, we looked at the models of informed consent developed by Paul Appelbaum and colleagues to deal with incidental findings arising out of genetic testing. Here, we consider how the genetics community views these models. Surveying the Field On the Four Models… Read More Incidental and Secondary Findings, Part 2: Perspectives from the Research Community

Incidental and Secondary FIndings, Part 1: How Should Results be Returned?

By: David Shifrin, PhD Life Science Consultant and Freelance Writer How do we balance resources with patient rights? What is the best way to encourage medical and scientific innovation without causing ethical problems for the individuals involved? While these apparent conflicts are oversimplifications, they do represent real challenges for the genetics community in deciding how… Read More Incidental and Secondary FIndings, Part 1: How Should Results be Returned?

The non-inferiority of telephone counseling

By: David Shifrin, PhD Life Science Consultant and Freelance Writer Convenience, accessibility and cost are among the major factors that patients consider when making healthcare decisions. Finding ways to help patient populations learn about and receive necessary testing and care is an ongoing pursuit of the medical community. Because of geographic and time constraints, including… Read More The non-inferiority of telephone counseling

Using protein networks to reveal genetic etiology

By: David Shifrin, PhD Life Science Consultant and Freelance Writer Any given cellular event is the result of complex genetic and molecular pathways, with many components interacting to trigger the appropriate temporal and spatial response. And, when these pathways are perturbed, disease states arise. Due to this complexity, investigating individual molecules in isolation (or in… Read More Using protein networks to reveal genetic etiology

Do you know what the public thinks about genetic testing?

By: David Shifrin, PhD Life Science Consultant and Freelance Writer Time to focus on the public Much of what we have written here on the NextGxDx blog has focused on either scientific minutia of specific genetic disorders or how genetics professionals interact with genetic information. One subunit of the genetics community that we have not… Read More Do you know what the public thinks about genetic testing?