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Benefits and Harms

In a new report, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in the UK takes a look at personal genetic profiling. Benefits of genetic testing the council names include access to information, the possibility of early intervention, and more personal control, while the harms include the costs of a test that may give indefinite information and the cost of having that information, such as when nothing can be done about a reported risk or when the information is difficult to interpret or inaccurate.

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