Ronald Bailey on the Misguided Fear of Consumer Genetics


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"Sequence all the genomes!" That's the rallying cry heard constantly from the podium and in the hallways at the Fourth Annual Consumer Genetics Conference in Boston. Participants also listened to findings from recent studies suggesting that all the bioethical handwringing over how genetic testing results will only confuse and depress hapless consumers is a bunch of hogwash. However, as Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey reports, there is one group that is confused and depressed by genomic information: doctors.