Monday, January 4, 2010

Medical Family Tree and Genetic Testing

I'm sure by now that all of us have heard of constructing a medical family tree. This "medical genealogy" may reveal patterns of diseases that run in your family. The question then is "What do I do with that information?"

Fred Cicetti in has written an article on just that topic. He suggests that genetic testing could be the next logical step. This testing can reveal mutations that raise the risk o f developing a certain disease, and can convince people to take preventive actions if any exist. This is quite sobering when you consider, Fred says, that almost one-third of known diseases have genetic links.

But before you rush off to action, you can read the entire article at:

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