IN THE NEWS: The Los Angeles Times examined the use of genetic counseling to help people understand their own DNA. Sometimes patients facing serious genetic illnesses decide after counseling that they’d rather not find out what lurks in their genes.
“It’s not a choice everyone makes,” says Pamela Flodman, director for UC Irvine’s genetic counseling program.
Genetic counselors talk through all possible results, urging clients to explore how they might react in each case. “They help the client work through the issues ahead of time [to] make an informed decision about testing,” Flodman says.