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Why isn’t everyone using genetic tests? Doctors and ethicists, maybe?

Felix Frueh says that patients are not the barrier to wide use of genetic tests. In a discussion of personalized medicine at CONVERGE, he said that he has absolute confidence in the willingness of patients to participate. He described a Medco program that connected doctors and patients with genetic tests. Doctors and patients were both […]


ACLU: Hooray! Myriad: We’re good.

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that companies could not patent human genes. This case focused on the BRCA 1 and 2 genes linked to breast cancer risk, but the U.S. Patent Office has issued patents on thousands of human genes, including genes associated with colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and muscular dystrophy. The unanimous decision was […]