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DNA to Z: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

Class Details

This class is offered in Webex.

Sponsored by The Network of the National Library of Medicine, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Advanced level continuing education hours are 0.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Nov 20, 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET
Kelsey Cowles, MLIS, Academic Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

This webinar class will provide an overview of the history and current state of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, which has become extremely popular in recent years. The differences between ancestry and health testing will be explored. The veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies will be assessed, and concerns and challenges surrounding these tests will be examined. Attendees will learn where to go to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance. This class can also provide a template for information professionals looking to offer similar programs at their own libraries.

  1. Describe the general history and current technological state of DTC genetic testing.
  2. Assess the veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies.
  3. Recognize specific NLM and other resources for providing basic genetics information
  4. Discuss practical and ethical challenges surrounding DTC testing.
  5. Explore essential background information about genetics and genetic testing.  
  6. Explore resources for professional assistance.