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Whole genome sequencing may help identify disease risks

from News Medical

Would you want to know if you or your children had risk of hereditary cancer, a genetic risk for cardiovascular disease or carried the gene associated with developing Alzheimer's disease — even if they were risks that wouldn't be relevant for possibly decades or didn't have a cure? Using a small amount of blood or saliva, a technology called whole genome sequencing makes that possible — and more than half of parents said they'd not only be interested in the technology for themselves but for their children too, a new nationally-representative University of Michigan study shows. more

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