Ugeskr Læger 2017;179:V12160896
Advantages and disadvantages of direct-to-consumer genetic tests
Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are sold over the internet to consumers all over the world – including Denmark. No regulation of these tests has been introduced neither in Denmark nor in Europe, even though they have been on the market since 2007. Such tests have several advantages, but indeed also a long list of potential disadvantages, which are most often ignored, and among these is insufficient training of general practitioners in performing the necessary counselling but also the risk of increased expenses to unnecessary follow-up consultations.