FindMyVariant Research Study
The FindMyVariant research study is closed.
The University of Washington is now offering a clinical Family Variant Classification test modeled after the study.
If you previously enrolled in the study and have not yet received a variant reclassification, the study team will continue to gather information about your family and test your relatives until your variant of uncertain significance (VUS) is reclassified, or until you decide otherwise.
For 50 families who had been enrolled in the FindMyVariant study for at least one year:
► 61% of VUS were reclassified
► 4.5 relatives per family received familial VUS testing on average (8x more relatives tested than the only previously published outcomes of family studies, in which 0.5 relatives per family were tested on average)
Family data contributed to reclassification in many ways:
► Rapid reclassification (8 days) of a pathogenic variant in a Lynch syndrome gene (MSH2) after compilation of clinical testing results
► Reclassification of a likely pathogenic variant in an autosomal recessive colon cancer gene (MUTYH) after testing multiple siblings
► Reclassification of likely benign variant in a colon polyposis gene (APC) in a small family, after finding out that the parent with many colon polyps did not have the variant, and that the parent with no colon polyps had the variant
► Participants were driven by the desire to resolve uncertainty related to their VUS;
► Participants had mixed reactions to the VUS reclassification outcomes of the study;
► Personal, public, and familial knowledge increased through study participation;
► Participants used study participation to actively cope with the uncertainty of a VUS.
For questions, comments, or information about the study and/or the clinical Family Variant test, please contact:
- Ginger Tsai, M.S., L.C.G.C.
- (617) 733-3930 or (206) 598-6807