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Do At-Home Genetic Tests Tell Too Much and Explain Too Little?
Date:4/2/2011

ink that's a misperception about the field," she said. But, "if the results make them view themselves not as a person, but as a carrier for something -- if they haven't thought about it -- it can truly be damaging."

Rowley said the ultimate scenario, which he predicts is five to 10 years out, is to be able to use each individual's unique DNA to optimize their care.

"The goal in the future is to be able to take that individual and say, 'Don't worry about osteoporosis, let's focus on your cardiovascular health, and by the way, this medication has a 40 percent chance of working for you,'" Rowley said. "To a limited extent, we're there now."

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For more on the issue of at-home genetic testing, go to Federal Trade Commission.

SOURCES: Caroline Lieber, M.S., director, Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics, Sarah Lawrence College, Yonkers, N.Y.; Robb Rowley, M.D., internal medicine physician, Amigenics, Las Vegas


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