Personal genome analysis often offers to uncover hidden insights about what makes people who they are, but Quartz's Philip Ball writes that that's not quite true and argues that the rhetoric is actually harmful.

Such claims, he says, perpetuate the idea that genes are destiny. Instead, Ball notes that a person's genome is "at best a rough sketch of potential yous, shaped and modified by outside influences."

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