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Genetic Testing:Reliability, Accuracy & Regulation

- Are genetic tests reliable and interpretable by the medical community?
- How reliable and useful is fetal genetic testing?
- How will genetic tests be evaluated and regulated for accuracy, reliability, and utility?

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Hello and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. Essentially, what you are being asked by your professor to do is discuss each of the concerns in the questions separately to show your understanding and gained knowledge on the topic of genetic testing. I am sure that you have a host of resources provided to you in this particular class. However, when answering such a material, it is important for you to make sure that you only focus on the more important information. I think that the way to answer this question is in the form of a short discussion on each, around 150 to 200 words. I have showed you below how this can be done. I have also listed online resources that you can utilize to expand on the information provided here. If you have any questions regarding the information provided here, just let me know via the feedback section. This solution has been written to provide information, assistance and advise to students for the purpose of tackling the problem (see original problem-question set in the description section) to help in putting together a paper/research/review on the subject of discussion. I hope that this solution will provide you the help you are searching for. Comments are greatly appreciated so that the solution can be continually updated to make it as relevant and useful as possible. All the best with your studies!


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Genetic Test Reliability & Interpretability

How reliable are genetic tests? Can they be easily interpreted by the medical community? The answer to this question lies in the integrity of the science behind it. Caplan (2011), reports that it is reliable as long as what is tested are isolated cells from the fetus via the blood sample taken from the mother - meaning the utilization of the current crop of a method known as 'Cell-free fetal DNA testing'. He writes that "researchers from the National Institutes of Health reviewed and analyzed ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise on the topic of genetic testing. Questions about its reliability, interpretability, regulation, usefulness, accuracy and utility (see original problem above) is explored and discussed. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.