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Using genetic testing before prescribing blood thinners has shown mixed results, NPR's Shots blog says. The blood thinner Plavix does carry a warning saying that people whose genes show they are a slow metabolizer of the drug may not get a benefit from taking it, but doctors aren't sure if they should test patients and, if they do, they don't know what to do if a patient is a slow metabolizer.

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