News&Views

November 30, 2007

“Googling my own DNA”

Filed under: — mlazoff

In a recent New York Times report, My Genome, Myself: Seeking Clues in DNA, Amy Harmon continues her series on genetic technology by describing her personal reaction to genetic testing. “For as little as $1,000 and a saliva sample, customers will be able to learn what is known so far about how the billions of bits in their biological code shape who they are.” A side bar on the second page of the article gives a brief description and links to the three companies that currently provide genotyping. The Health and Human Service’s Personalized Health Care Initiative is introduced by Secretary Leavitt in last month’s report, Personalized Health Care: Opportunities, Pathways, Resources. “In the coming years, new gene-based knowledge, combined with the advent of health information technology, can make possible a new kind of medical care for Americans.”



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