Testing for “genetic traits.”

Some months ago we came across a SMH article on Color Genomics, which seemed to us to be saying that testing had recently become more generally available to determine our genetic predisposition to cancer, which we’ve only around now to following up.

Obviously this was related in our minds to stories of women who have had their breasts removed after learning that they had a predisposition to breast cancer – pretty serious stuff!

And it was also related in our minds to stories that abound of medical practitioners getting things wrong in their diagnosis of cancer, or, at the very least, being slow in coming up with the right diagnoses. Surely, we thought, if the results of such testing were available, and were reliable, they would be invaluable in aiding medical practitioners to come up with the right diagnoses more quickly – that’s, of course, if our genes had predisposed us to what we were suffering from.

So we did what we’re always tending to do these days, we turned to GMX and started searching – we did a search on “testing for cancer predisposition,” and were fascinated that this was the first result to come up, an Ad:-

So there’s not only Color Genomics that enables you to test for genetic predispositions to cancers for US$249, but GeneticAustralia that enables you to test for “124 generic traits” for A$99.

Oops! We seem to have bitten off more than we can chew here, at least for the time being.

So many questions. It seem to us that these matters could range from being incredibly important to being a waste of time and money? We’ll work more on them as time allows.

We’d love to hear from any of our readers who’ve had any experience with the matters raised above. Email us on info@questionsmisc.info.

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