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Cast Your Vote (Though It May Not Matter)

Newsweek's Mary Carmichael is polling her readers: should she "take an at-home gene test"? In the first post of her weeklong series, Carmichael ponders her own ambivalence to DTC genetic testing, and says that "there’s a DNA-collection kit on my desk now, taunting me — because although I bought the thing, I still can't decide whether I actually want to use it." Throughout the week, the author will post answers to her burning DTC questions from expert contributors, all the while polling her readership as to whether she should send along her spit. She asks that contributors "keep it short and sweet," admit their biases — namely, disclose financial stakes, if any, in the industry — and to not "insult [her] intelligence." Those interested can follow her decision-making process on Twitter (#DNAdilemma), she says, adding a disclaimer that "even if our reader poll ends up being 99 percent pro-test, I may decide to abstain." The Newsweek editor says she'll make her decision on Friday.

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