Gene Mapping May Not Be for Everyone

August 22, 2016

(USA Today) – Harvard geneticist George Church is convinced everyone should have his or her genomes sequenced. Such tests would reveal the rare diseases and handful of cancers that we’re all at some risk for, even if our family members don’t have them. But many others in the field say we still don’t know enough about genetics to justify getting the test done. “I think the evidence is not there yet for that balance to be tilted more toward population screening,” says Muin Khoury, director of the office of public health genomics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.