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Sizing Up Your Genes

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Genetic testing used to be the purview of highly specialized doctors. Now, a host of startup companies are selling at-home kits that promise to unlock the secrets of customers’ DNA in a matter of weeks.  Intel employees, who get a discounts from two genetic testing companies, use the tests to reveal their genetic predisposition to everything from cancer to cellulite. But many in the medical community are skeptical of the tests’ legitimacy, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released a report calling the tests “misleading” and accusing the companies administering them of “questionable practices.”

Have you elected to use genetic testing? If so, why? What was your experience?

Special thanks to stalwart TOL commenter rethomas, who suggested this show to us two weeks ago.

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