Genetic screening can be fear-free


PANIC over: genetic tests that tell someone they are at risk of developing a serious but preventable disease do not cause undue anxiety. That is the conclusion of possibly the largest test to date of genetic screening of the general population. “There were concerns that we would turn healthy people into patients, concerns that the general population wouldn’t understand the difference between having the gene and having the disease,” says liver specialist Katie Allen of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia,
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