Genetic_consumer_test

Genetic_consumer_test

Earlier this year, consumers were close to being able to pick up a saliva-based genetic test for disease risk the next time they ran to the drug store for aspirin or sunscreen. But even though the tests are still available for purchase online, consumers, geneticists and other groups quickly started to ask questions about the reliability of these off-the-shelf, over-the-counter genetic tests—and whether consumers would be savvy enough to digest results on their own.

Should consumers be able to send away for their genetic profile that purports to tell them more about the extent to which they might need that aspirin to cut their risk for heart trouble or a stronger SPF to stave off skin cancer? Should only tests with certain health implications, such as cancer risk or drug metabolism estimates, be regulated by the government?

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