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Over-the-counter genetic tests are a bad idea, Stanford expert says

UPDATE 05-13-10: Walgreens has reversed its decision and will not be selling the at-home kits. NPR's Shots has more this morning.


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You may have heard the news that over-the-counter genetic test kits, designed to show whether a person carries genes for certain diseases, will be soon be sold at Walgreens drugstores. The development is raising practical and ethical questions for patients and medical professionals, and Stanford law professor Hank Greely, JD, expressed his concern on last night's NBC Nightly News. "I think it's a bad idea," he said, later explaining the test results could cause people to make rash or unwise health decisions.

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