Intel offers genetic testing

Intel employees now have the option of buying a discounted analysis of their genetic predispositions.

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California-based 23andme’s genetic services are all the rage among certain techies, and Intel now offers discounted rates to its employees.

The tests reveal clues about a person’s ancestry and health, but they are controversial because of privacy concerns and potential misinformation, Andy Dworkin reports in today’s Oregonian.

Doctors have used genetic tests to help diagnose and counsel patients for more than 20 years. But those tests are very different from the consumer tests. Doctor-ordered tests almost always look for a specific disease risk indicated by a patient’s family history or symptoms. Such tests are often covered by insurance and include help from a trained genetic counselor to understand the results.

Read Dworkin’s story at Oregon Live.


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