People Prove Impervious to Anxiety from Genetic Tests

January 12, 2011

Nature reports on the results of direct-to-consumer tests, such as those offered by Navigenics, that relate the risk of developing diseases.

A vial of saliva harbours a wealth of genetic information, and companies are mining this treasure trove to provide the public with personal disease-risk profiles. Some experts have questioned whether people might misinterpret such complex information and become anxious, but a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine1 seems to debunk that idea. Test results also failed to prompt changes in diet and exercise.  Read more here >>>>>>