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One Day, But Not Today

Muin Khoury, the director of the Office of Public Health Genomics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says CDC is concerned about doctors prematurely using personal genomic tests results in making medical decisions. In a Medscape video addressing health care professionals, he says these tests are "are not ready for prime time." Instead, Khoury says doctors should discuss the limitations of the tests with patients as well as encourage them to keep a good family health history, which he says is "a very informative and inexpensive 'genomic test' that can be used right now." He adds: "The promise of genomics in the practice of medicine is great and exciting, but today the use of personal genomic tests is still not ready for prime time."

The Scan

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