Genetic testing is now available to consumers to satisfy a variety of desires—tracing heritage, gauging risk of inherited diseases in children, and screening for disease. However, risks come with what doctors say is incomplete knowledge. Experts discuss uses, risks, and future of consumer genetic testing.
Synopsis: Since FDA rules on prescription drug advertising were loosened in 1997, the amount of advertising has mushroomed. However, there is still controversy over whether that’s good for patients, and now the American Medical Association has come out for an ad ban. Experts discuss the pro’s and cons of direct to consumer advertising and its effect on patients and physicians.