Be Aware of Pros and Cons of Home Genetic Tests

Patients will ask about direct-to-consumer genetic tests for diseases...now that FDA allows marketing of 23andMe genetic risk tests.

The 23andMe tests analyze specific gene markers linked to conditions such as Alzheimer's, breast cancer, celiac disease, and Parkinson's.

This will pave the way for more home genetic tests to go beyond providing ancestry info. And it's different than pharmacogenetic testing that tailors drugs and doses based on a patient's genes.

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