Meet the Genetic Counselors Wrangling America’s Testing Wild West (1)

Nov. 13, 2018, 11:31 AMUpdated: Nov. 13, 2018, 8:36 PM

In 2018, you can pay someone to advise you on almost anything—your finances, your workout routine, your love life—and even your genes.

Meet Kelly Ormond, one of the nearly 5,000 genetic counselors in the U.S. who walk patients through their genetic histories. A 25-year veteran of the profession and a professor at Stanford University, Ormond helps patients make informed decisions about their health.

Although genetic counselors have been around for about 40 years, their numbers are growing given the rise of genetic testing and the prevalence of personal kits from companies like 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Helix. In the past 10 ...

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