Personal Genetic Testing: Should We Use It? Do We Need It?

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Personal genetic tests are on the market and being used by more and more people to help them make better health decisions. But some findings may be overblown or irrelevant, according to an article in "The New York Times."

Experts say many people are using a growing stream of genetic data to help them make better health decisions. But they also warn that some consumers may be led astray by genetic findings that are overblown or irrelevant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, takes a cautious approach to personal genomics tests, telling consumers on its website to “think before they spit” and that “evidence on the ability of genetic information to change health behavior has been lacking.”

Personal Genetic Testing is Here: Do We Need It?, New York Times, October 3, 2017