Should you get sequenced? Not all bad genes predict disease

For NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, having a “boring genome,” is a good problem to have. Snyderman revealed a snapshot of her genetic code on the Today Show, after having two types of genetic testing. She now has the complete results from it stored on her iPad.

Scientists hope that greater patient understanding of the genetic underpinnings of disease can lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.

“As we roll out genomic medicine we are fighting against this society-wide misconception that having the bad gene means you’re going to get the disease. That’s only true in a very few cases,” said Dr. Robert Green, a medical geneticist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 

Read the full, original story here: Should you get sequenced? Not all bad genes predict disease

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