Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Be Careful What You Hear

Or more specifically... be careful what you choose to believe. The press is getting broader and broader in terms of the topics that they choose to cover on a regular basis. Unfortunately they sometimes seem to be getting more and more liberal in their interpretation of these topics and the takeaways for those of us reading.

Genetics & Health briefly discusses the topic and suggests that while it remains a good idea to communicate risk to people outside of the medical genetics community, that communication should come with added education so that those individuals understand how to use it.

Is genetic testing worthwhile based on report X or would it provide very little likely benefit to you as an individual relative to the risk given your personal circumstances? The average person reading a paper or magazine is highly likely to draw the correct conclusion particularly when all-too-often the message is veiled in a sensationalist wrapping.

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