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Featuring the 2020 Digital Edition of Genetic Counselors Luncheon and Forum: Requesting and Working with Raw Genomic Data


Date of Release: December 22, 2020       

Estimate time of completion: 1 hour
Educational Credits are not offered


Session Description

Requests for laboratories to provide patients and/or providers access to raw genomic data represents a growing trend in exploratory genomic testing. This session is intended to orient and empower genetic counselors to actively participate in the request and evaluation of their patients’ genomic data. There is currently no consensus for best practices related to requesting and returning raw data, and there is also active debate regarding the accuracy and utility of such data when used outside of the laboratory expert quality and interpretive framework (Thorogood et al., 2018). Regardless, it is clear that patients have a desire to access and further explore their data, and laboratories are frequently accommodating these requests (Middleton et al., 2015; Shabani et al., 2018). Many providers have expressed that they are not adequately prepared to address questions and concerns that their patients may have about self-directed findings, and they desire more orientation and exposure to the tools their patients may be accessing. Additionally, a growing number of providers pursue raw data requests themselves in order to participate more directly in the diagnostic exploration and research follow up of their cases.

Attendees of this will be introduced to the raw data request process, the various types of files that are frequently provided by laboratories, and the publicly available tools for visualizing and analyzing raw data.


  • Raw Data Request Process- Casie A. Genetti, MS, CGC
  • Raw Data Files - Jesse R. Walsh, PhD
  • Tools for Analyzing Raw Data - Matthew Lebo, PhD, FACMG
  • Case Vignettes - Casie A. Genetti, MS, CGC

Target Audience

  1. Clinical geneticists; genetic counselors; pediatric, obstetric, and maternal-fetal specialists; and all medical practitioners who are providing comprehensive diagnostic, management, and counseling services for patients with, or at risk for, genetically influenced health problems.
  2. Laboratory directors and technicians who conduct genetic testing, researchers involved in the discovery of genetic disorders and treatments and any healthcare and public health professionals who have an in interest medical and clinical genetics and genomics.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the series, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the process of requesting raw genomic data files and understand the benefits and limitations of various file types.
  • Identify resources available to clinicians, researchers, and patients wishing to explore genomic data sets.
  • Demonstrate preparedness to address patient questions pertaining to the availability and value of obtaining and working with their genomic data files.
  • Discuss the role that the request of genomic data can play in the diagnosis of rare disease.
  • Illustrate reasons for obtaining raw genomic data and identify steps in the request process.
  • For a Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) pipeline, describe the types of data created at critical steps in the process and how this information is transformed to generate the variant call files.
  • Assess publicly available tools and resources for genomic data visualization, annotation, and interpretation.
  • Explain ethical concerns that laboratories, providers, and patients might have related to the release of their genomic raw data



Cherisse A. Marcou, PhD

Cherisse A. Marcou, PhD

Co-director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic


Marissa Ellingson, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Mayo Clinic

Casie A. Genetti, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor, Boston Children's Hospital

Jesse R. Walsh, PhD

Informatics Specialist, Mayo Clinic

Matthew Lebo, PhD, FACMG

Chief Laboratory Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, Partners Personalized Medicine


Contact the Lab | Shivanand R. Patil Cytogenetics and Molecular Laboratory

John A. Bernat, MD, PhD, FACMG

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Associate Director of Molecular Testing, Shivanand R. Patil Cytogenetics and Molecular Laboratory

University of Iowa


Financial Disclosures

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Staff - American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics

The following have nothing to disclose.

Jane Radford, MHA, CHCP

Claudia Barnett

Maximilian Muenke, MD, FACMG


The following presenters have nothing to disclose:

Cherisse A. Marcou, PhD

Marissa Ellingson, MS, CGC

Casie A. Genetti, MS, CGC

Jesse R. Walsh, PhD

Matthew Lebo, PhD, FACMG


John A. Bernat, MD, PhD, FACMG-Moderator

Dr. Bernat has disclosed that he is a consultant for Sanofi Genzyme, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co, and he has grant research support for Sanofi Genzyme, Protalix BioTherapeutics, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co, and Idorsia.


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The ACMG does not endorse, or recommend the use of this educational program to make patient diagnoses, particular by individuals not trained in medical genetics. Adherence to the information provided in these programs does not necessarily ensure a successful diagnostic outcome. The program should not be considered inclusive of all proper procedures and tests or exclusive of other procedures and tests that are reasonably directed at obtaining the same results. In determining the propriety of any specific procedure or test, a healthcare provider should apply his or her own professional judgment to the specific clinical circumstances presented by the individual patient or specimen.



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