Some genomic researchers and test developers say that the field is inexorably moving toward the whole-genome sequencing of healthy people, writes Muin Khoury, the director of the Office of Public Health Genomics at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He adds, though, that whole-genome sequencing should be subject to the same study as other screening tools before it is widely adopted.

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