The Flip Side of Personal Genomics: When a Mutation Doesn’t Spell Disease

November 15, 2016

(Nature) – Concerns about the potential harm in sequencing the genomes of healthy people come as new companies vie to provide such services for the general public. In August, researchers reported that the average person carries about 54 genetic mutations that are considered lethal, but that don’t seem to harm their health. As a result, physicians don’t know what to tell healthy people who harbour these variants.