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There is 1 comment on At-Home Genetic Testing Leads to Misinterpretations of Results

  1. The use of these tests for research purposes “after diagnosis” with a disease will likely shed light on disease modifying genetic factors that can interact with a patient’s unique personal history of environmental and occupational exposures to other risk factors such as toxic industrial chemicals. On the contrary, access to this information prior to the onset of disease can have adverse emotional consequences including increased anxiety and even suicidal ideation. Clinicians should therefore be prepared to discuss the “risks” associated with “knowing too much” about the what our genetic risk factors especially when it comes to diseases with incomplete penetrance for which modern medicine currently cannot offer an effective preventative measure or cure.

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