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Beware of DNA Test ‘Advice’

The Boston Globe newspaper carries an article which examines the risks associated with direct-to-consumer DNA testing. The U.S. Government Accountability Office sent DNA samples to twelve companies and received a variety of nonsensical advice.

The Boston Globe article states that:

In particular, the GAO cautioned against tests that purport to tell, by a sample of DNA, that the consumer should buy “personalized” dietary supplements that could cost $1,200 a year when the same ingredients could be purchased at a local store for $35 a year.

As in so many other areas of healthcare, it seems that DNA testing services are being misused by unscrupulous people out to make a quick buck.

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