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ANCHOR LEAD:  SHOULD COLLEGE FRESHMEN BE OFFERED A GENETIC SCREENING TEST?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

UC Berkeley plans to send voluntary genetic testing kits to their incoming freshman class of about 5500 students to assess their body’s response to dairy products, alcohol and folic acid, with the objective of advancing discussion about personal genetic assessments and their impact on disease development likelihood and prevention.  The plan has come under fire from many, but Joan Scott, director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins, says this could be an opportunity.

SCOTT:  This is a case where the devil is in the details and if they have the conversation correctly and it was set up with the right infrastructure I think it could actually be an interesting opportunity to have a campus-wide discussion around personal genomics but I would definitely want to see some things put into place before any students got tested.   :25

There ’s no question that incoming freshman today will see the impact of genetic testing in their own medical care.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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