New gene tests finding only risks, not answers

September 24, 2014 12:22 AM

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New gene tests finding only risks, not answers

Jennifer was 39 and perfectly healthy, but her grandmother had died young from breast cancer, so she decided to be tested for mutations in two genes known to increase risk for the disease.

When a genetic counselor offered additional tests for 20 other genes linked to various cancers, Jennifer said yes. The more information, the better, she thought. The results, she said, were "surreal." She did not have mutations in the breast cancer genes, but did have one linked to a high risk of st...

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