After announcing in 2010 that the National Institutes of Health would create a public database to enhance access to information about genetic testing, the Beta version of the Genetic Testing Registry or GTR was released by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the same division of the National Library of Medicine that provides PubMed. GTR’s key functions as stated in the original news release are to:
- Encourage providers of genetic tests to enhance transparency by publicly sharing information about the availability and utility of their tests
- Provide an information resource for the public, including researchers, health care providers and patients, to locate laboratories that offer particular tests
- Facilitate genomic data-sharing for research and new scientific discoveries
GTR allows users to search on genetic tests, conditions, genes and labs. Records are voluntarily submitted by providers. The GTR site provides YouTube videos for an overview as well as searching tips and also has link outs to clinical, molecular, and consumer resources. GTR is welcoming feedback and comments.