Patients who undergo broad DNA testing to explain a specific medical condition also should be told about chance findings that indicate risk for other serious diseases, a group of genetic specialists said.
Laboratories that conduct complete gene sequencing on patients should analyze and report on about 60 genes with known links to potentially grave conditions, such as hereditary cancers and heart conditions that can be prevented and treated, according to a report released today by a working group of the American College of Medical Genetics.
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