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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing customers and gift-receivers might want to consider what they may learn before they send in samples for analysis, NJ.com reports. It adds that genetic testing kits — some of which can tell customers their APOE4 status, which is linked to an increased risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease — have been included on numerous gift-buying guides this holiday season.

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