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What is the cost of genetic testing, and how long does it take to get the results?

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The cost of genetic testing can range from under $100 to more than $2,000, depending on the nature and complexity of the test. The cost increases if more than one test is necessary or if multiple family members must be tested to obtain a meaningful result. For newborn screening, costs vary by state. Some states cover part of the total cost, but most charge a fee of $15 to $60 per infant.

From the date that a sample is taken, it may take a few weeks to several months to receive the test results. Results for prenatal testing are usually available more quickly because time is an important consideration in making decisions about a pregnancy. The doctor or genetic counselor who orders a particular test can provide specific information about the cost and time frame associated with that test.

For more information about the costs and turnaround time for genetic tests:

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) provides a list of factors that influence the turnaround time and costs of genetic testingThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference.. Scroll down to the sections called “Turn-Around Time” and “Cost.”

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Published: February 18, 2013