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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:

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