Genetic testing

NIH's All of Us program will begin offering genetic counseling soon

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People from a rural and financially struggling area of New York waiting to see doctors in a mobile clinic. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The National Institutes of Health on Wednesday announced a $4.6 million award in initial funding to health tech company Color to provide results and genetic counseling when desired to the participants in its huge research project, All of Us.

Why it matters: The All of Us project aims to create the largest health database that's inclusive of diverse communities to improve precision medicine. But, the agency also wants the participants — many of whom are in underrepresented communities and may not normally have access to genetic testing and counseling — to receive benefits as well.

The downside of the genetic testing boom

Genetic testing on DNA fingerprinting
DNA fingerprinting and relationship testing. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS/Getty Images

Genetic testing is advancing and evolving so quickly that it's causing chaos for some patients, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Driving the news: Patients may receive one diagnosis and begin treatment, only to receive a different diagnosis a few years later through more advanced testing.