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Genetic Tests

Why the World Keeps Talking About 23andMe

Tim Spector | Posted 02.12.2014 | Science
Tim Spector

To the rest of the world, the priorities of U.S. authorities in shutting down a company based solidly on science and largely academic discoveries are hard to fathom.

How Much Do You Want to Know About Your Unborn Child's DNA?

Kyle Koeppel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Kyle Koeppel

I personally would not select out or abort a fetus because it tested positive for Lynch Syndrome. I find it ironic that a living person has to wait until the age of 18 to have genetic testing, but an unborn child's parents can determine whether or not the child has Lynch Syndrome before birth.

Thank You, Angelina Jolie

Elizabeth Swisher, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Swisher, M.D.

I admire Angelina for taking the unselfish view that she will do whatever it takes to be sure she will be around to parent her children. And I commend Angelina for making her decision public and thereby supporting other women who face an increased cancer risk.

The Sexiest Woman in the World Had a Bilateral Mastectomy? Really?

Jennifer Merschdorf | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Merschdorf

I hope all of us use this news as an opportunity to encourage people to learn and ask questions about their own family cancer history and raise awareness that young women can and do get breast cancer.

Do Not Fear Your Genes: Information Is Power

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

As Tom Murphy states so clearly, the decoding of a person's genome doesn't tell them how they will die, but rather how they should live. Yes, this is what we will learn from decoding our genes.

10 Reasons Why You're Better Off Knowing Your Alzheimer's Risk

Marie Marley | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's researchers have observed that having a parent or sibling with the disease increases one's risk of developing it somewhat above the general population's. Some people with such family histories wish to have a genetic test that will answer the question: 'Will I be next?'" But the real question is, "Would I want to know?"

Your Genes, Your Identity... and Your Family Secrets

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 09.11.2012 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Klitzman talked to patients who are at risk of inheriting genetic mutations that increase their likelihood of serious illness. He wanted to know whether they would get tested for the gene and how their decisions would affect the way they perceived themselves and their future.

Walgreen To Sell Genetic Test Kits

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — The largest U.S. drugstore chain, Walgreen Co., will start selling genetic testing kits at many of its stores later this month, accor...