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Genetics

15 November 2013

Doctors need to interpret genetic test results

Genetic tests are readily available nowadays, but a survey finds that most people prefer the help of a physician to interpret the results.

Genetic tests aimed at gauging a person's risk for an array of health issues are now readily available, but a new survey finds that most people prefer the help of a physician in interpreting the results.

Almeling and co-author Shana Kushner Gadarian, of Syracuse University, found that the majority of Americans support federal spending on genetic research. They also found broad support for laws that prevent discrimination based on the results of a genetic test.

The US National Institutes of Health provides more information on genetic testing.

 

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