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How to Cope With a Positive Genetic Test Result

There are precious few tests in medicine, save pregnancy perhaps, where a positive test result is good news. Particularly in the realm of genetics, testing positive for a mutation is often devastating, portending gloomy days of sickness ahead. 1,226 more words

50 whys to look for genes: 2. Identify presence of risk factors

If presence of a section of DNA (SNP) increases the odds of a disease, then look for that section in people and provide them that information. 116 more words

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Remember to Live

I ran into an old friend once about a year ago who had been through the loss of his spouse in the previous year. He was concerned about me and, I was equally concerned about him. 784 more words

When Big Data & Infants' Privacy Collide

For decades, hospitals have conducted blood tests on newborns, checking babies for various conditions, treatable and not. Today’s less costly tests, genomic research, and technological advances, coupled with differing policies across states, worry some privacy and ethics advocates. 577 more words