5/28/08 11:17 AMCommercial DNA Testing Has Pitfalls - NYTimes.comPage 1 of 1http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/27/health/27brodbox.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&ref=todayspaper&pagewanted=printMay 27, 2008Some Pitfalls of Genetic TestingBy JANE E. BRODYThe deciphering of the human genome has prompted a number of entrepreneurs to cash in onpeople’s genetic concerns. They offer DNA testing to look for aberrant genes associated with therisk of developing various diseases, especially cancer.Such testing, when done reliably, might encourage some people to take charge of their health andmake better plans for the future. But some professional genetics counselors say this approach todetermining cancer risk is fraught with hazards, not the least of which is a false warning of aserious risk that does not exist.“This kind of testing is premature,” said Dr. Kenneth Offit, chief of clinical genetics at
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