Unexpected Results Of Genetic Testing

(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - It is a controversial question. What if you went to the doctor for a genetic test but a totally different genetic condition – one that could strike years from now – was detected. Would you want to know?

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics has released recommendations that if a person is incidentally found to have a life-threatening genetic disease, they need to know about it.

This sets a new standard that requires labs to pass along certain life-changing information – which could have huge implications.

Is all the information too much information?

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