Transparency in DTC

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies should be transparent about how they come to their risk predictions so that the consumers understand the usefulness of those predictions, says Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future while drawing from a post by PHG's Caroline Wright. DTC testing shouldn't be banned nor should people have to go through their doctors for such services.

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