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The British TV program "Killer in Me," that offered four celebrities genetic tests to screen for cancer and then followed their reactions, has irritated geneticists; they claim that the show lacks context. The British Society for Human Genetics’ beef is that the tests are "unsubstantiated and unvalidated" as a way of discovering who will and will not develop the illnesses being tested for, reports the BBC.

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