GP guidelines needed to navigate genetic testing

The NHMRC is currently seeking feedback on a draft document, Assessing the Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Genetic Testing Results of Your Patient: A Quick Guide for General Practitioners.

One such test, on sale for US$299 plus US$74.95 shipping, claims to provide online results to consumers on the presence of risk genes for more than 40 inheritable diseases, including breast cancer and cystic fibrosis, through use of a ‘spit kit’.

But Dr Evan Ackermann, RACGP chair of quality care,