Genetic testing brief

Data point:

This is the time in my introductory class when I discuss genetic disorders, and I described the new Counsyl test as part of my lecture today.

I took a quick poll – how many of my undergraduates would be interested in getting a test that told them their carrier status for a hundred genetic disorders. More than half of them expressed interest. That just seems huge to me – I don’t think I’d have seen the same result ten or even five years ago. There’s been a real change in attitude about genetic testing in the last few years as technology has gotten cheaper and has more public attention.