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  1. The DTC market is enormous and growing. Rather than highlight the negative aspects of this access to personal results, it would be more profitable to leverage the interest. Allen et al. have a tiny sample of counselors dealing with as many as one such referral. There are some very basic, solid, pieces of advice that counselors can give to this particular group of consumers – if the counselors understand how the leading DTC companies like FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA are generating reports. Unless your client is testing with YSEQ or a very few other companies, that client is getting an Illumina chip with a tiny fraction of their genome reported. Misunderstanding is a matter of incomplete education and it extends to both consumer and counselor. A better outlook would be garnered if interviews included genetic genealogists. Melinde Lutz Byrne, FASG, CPE, MET College

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