The Human Genome: How knowing your genes can help but also hurt.

Posted by Christopher Herrera at 10/9/2012 2:00:00 PM

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/10/02/161110956/will-low-cost-genome-sequencing-open-pandoras-box
 
 
Can you imagine paying a small amount of money to learn whether you have the gene that causes cancer? How about learning whether you will spend your later years stricken with Alzheimer's (a disease that affects memory?) Gene research is becoming cheaper and results from genome sequencing are becoming faster to achieve. The idea is the more you know about your body's genes the better doctor's will be able to treat you. This may sound great, but what if your genome showed you getting a disease for whcih there is currently no sure? Sometimes it's better not to know...