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Six Questions Consumers Should Ask About Genetic Tests
Date:2/24/2009

itional supplements or other products.

5. Are you willing to be "an informed" consumer -- that is, take the time to understand what genetic testing tells you?

Genetic testing includes a broad array of tests, and the science is advancing so fast that new tests seem to be developed daily. They will change the future of health care -- with better disease detection and personalized therapy. But you need to be informed about what they are, what they do, what they don't do, and what you need to know to make informed decisions. Just as you judge carefully in purchasing houses or cars or shampoo, you need to understand what genetic testing is and how to use it.

6. Does the provider of the service offer adequate assurances that your genetic information will be kept private and secure?

Depending on who is offering the service, the purpose for which the information is sought and the manner in which the provider conducts its business, State and Federal privacy and security laws may be applicable. You should be satisfied with the level of protection offered for your genetic information before requesting the service.

The American Clinical Laboratory Association is a non-profit group representing the nation's clinical reference laboratories. The group's educational campaign, Results for Life, reflects a collaboration of laboratory professionals, clinical labs, and lab test makers. It is focused on communicating the value of laboratory medicine. Visit www.labresultsforlife.org.

    Contact: Helen Pettay: helen.pettay@polidais.com; (910)795-1202.
    Ron Geigle: rongeigle@polidais.com; (202)756-1413.


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