Statnews.com senior writer Sharon Begley provides an accessible, human story of what happens when precision medicine goes wrong. She busts the myth that genetic code has clearly defined features that are either disease-causing or safe and normal. Researchers interpreting the data often use outdated databases, and false diagnoses abound. Begley emphasizes that doctors and their patients shouldn’t defer to genetic test results. If the symptoms don’t support the diagnosis, they should seek a second opinion. getAbstract recommends Begley’s report to anyone curious about genetic testing.
In this summary, you will learn
- How genetic testing companies decide whether a patient’s genetic variations are pathogenic or benign,
- Why many of the databases they use are unreliable, and
- How misinterpreting the results can cause harm to patients.
About the Author
Sharon Begley is an author and senior science writer for Statnews.com. She has also worked as a science and health correspondent at Reuters and as a science columnist and editor at The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.