Personal genomics has been a controversial topic to the media, medical professionals, policymakers, and the general public. However, according to the findings of a recent study, much of the criticism may be an overreaction. The study, published in the October 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, concludes that there is “little evidence to suggest that predictive genomic risk information consistently influences risk perception or worry in the manner or degree that has been posited by some scientific critics and commentators.” Additionally, the authors suggest that the oversight of genomic technologies on the horizon should be focused on diseases and conditions that have the potential to pose the greatest harm. Read more about this study…

On a related note, the results of this study are similar to the findings of earlier studies showing that disclosure of genetic test results does not lead to increased anxiety. Read more about this…

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