When compared to other "'science-based' prediction industries" out there, like functional brain scans, personal genomics tests seem at least marginally useful, writes Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future. However, he still recommends holding off for a while, untiil we know more about the relationship between gene variants and disease.

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