The New York Times' John Tierney boils the two recent studies evaluating direct-to-consumer gene scan outcomes down to that "most people say they’ll pay for genetic tests even if the predictions are sometimes wrong, and most people don't seem to be traumatized even when they receive bad news." Tierney adds:
Princeton University's Lee Silver tells the Times that "it seems like a no-brainer … that any competent adult should be free to purchase an analysis of their own DNA as long as they have been informed in advance of what could potentially be revealed in the analysis. You should have access to information about your own genome without a permission slip from your doctor."
Over at the Times' Learning Network blog, Jennifer Cutraro and Holly Epstein Ojalvo propose a lesson plan for educators who wish to spark discussions on the pros and cons of DTC genetic scans in their classrooms.