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r samples taken from the same person. In addition two companies, Market America and Suracell use the results to promote expensive dietary supplements.

According to Ttest kit executives they are promoting better diet and lifestyle choices. Also a growing number of studies have begun to show gene tests to be useful.

Howard Coleman, CEO of Genelex says, "These tests bring benefit to people and allow them to change their behaviors in ways that do improve their health." He reports sales of 500 to 600 of the $400 test kits annually from his company.

After publication of the report Rosalynn Gill-Garrison, chief science officer at Sciona said that the company does not predict susceptibility to disease.

She says, "We provide information for people on diet, nutrition and lifestyle actions they can take based on genetics." Gill-Garrison reports sales of tens of thousands of test kits which is currently sold at $252.


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