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Dr. Robert Klitzman in Bloomberg: Companies that Claim to Predict Risk

The Failed Promise of 23andMe
December 3, 2013 - December 4, 2013

A doctor who only diagnosed patients correctly 50 percent of the time wouldn’t practice medicine for very long. We don’t want doctors to give patients ineffective or harmful drugs or false and inaccurate information. The same standard should apply to other health-care providers and organizations.

The risk with companies such as 23andMe is that by telling people they have very high odds of getting a particular disease, they may unnecessarily suffer anguish or invasive procedures. Or a false negative result could lead a complacent patient to forgo screening or useful preventive action.


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