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Genomic Testing: The Perils and the Pitfalls

There are pitfalls for providers and companies that offer genomic testing. They might include not offering genetic testing if it is indicated, not offering the proper testing, or reporting inaccurate or misleading results. Each of these has the potential to generate a lawsuit, and indeed each of them already has.


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The era of personalized medicine, which relies in part on genomic testing, is growing rapidly. Some hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital, are already using such testing in providing care. Ray, Turna: Study Finds Docs Could Face Greater Malpractice Risk in Personalized RX Era. July 29, 2011, It has the potential to be of value to patients in terms of diagnosing conditions, as well as deciding on proper treatments.

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