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INSTEAD OF GENETIC TEST

ANCHOR LEAD: THINK BEFORE DECIDING TO USE AN OVER THE COUNTER GENETIC TEST, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Buzz surrounding the impending sale of an over the counter genetic test has been furious, and for good reason, says Joan Scott, director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins.  Such tests cannot assess the complete picture of someone’s risk for a disease or condition and aren’t the right place to start.

SCOTT: Get, first of all, a good family history and a risk assessment done just based on your own health to see if there are things for which you’re really at risk that you should be doing now.  And if there are particular concerns for genetic risks you can potentially get genetic testing done then.  If a consumer really does want to get their own personal information then they should really be a smart consumer and really do their homework. Do some searches on just what is this information, what are the limitations of it what can it tell what it can’t tell.          :33

Sales of the kit are currently on hold as the FDA has stepped in.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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