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The growth in the direct-to-consumer genetic testing industry poses a number of challenges for healthcare practice, among a number of other areas of concern. Several companies providing this service send their customers reports including information variously referred to as genetic ethnicity, genetic heritage, biogeographic ancestry, and genetic ancestry. In this article, we argue that such information should not be used in healthcare consultations or to assess health risks. Far from representing a move toward personalized medicine, use of this information poses risks both to patients as individuals and to racialized ethnic groups because of the way it misrepresents human genetic diversity.
Author(s): Blell M, Hunter MA
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Frontiers in Medicine
Online publication date: 29/03/2019
Acceptance date: 21/02/2019
Date deposited: 29/03/2019
ISSN (electronic): 2296-858X
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
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