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Testing Your Genes, Right At The Drugstore

Publication Date: 
May 11, 2010
Source: 
CBS Evening News
Author: 
Ben Tracy

Professor Hank Greely is quoted on concerns over selling over-the-counter genetic test kits at local drugstores. Ben Tracy of CBS Evening News reports:

At Pathway Genomics in San Diego, technicians are trying to tell the future, creating personal DNA reports for customers, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy.

"We will give you information about your health and really we will help you make better lifestyle choices," said Jim Woodman with Pathway Genomics.

In a controversial move, the company's genetic tests will now be sold in 6,500 Walgreens stores as of Friday.

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"Knowledge is powerful but misunderstood knowledge can be powerfully bad," said Hank Greeley, the director of Stanford University's Center for Law and the Biosciences

Yet our desire to know what could be ahead of us is apparently also in our genes.