Genetic testing a useful tool for future GPs

WHILE a visit to the GP remains the best health test presently available for patients, the future of general practice is inextricably bound to the future of genetic testing, experts say.

In recent years there has been a proliferation of companies offering direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

These tests effectively scan the DNA for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which are the variations within populations in DNA base pairs at specific locations along the molecule

Centre for Genetics Education director Associate Professor Kristine Barlow-Stewart