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Author Topic: DNA: do you really want to know?  (Read 2359 times)

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DNA: do you really want to know?
« on: March 28, 2006, 04:55:27 AM »
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Here's the thing: You pay anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars for a genetic test, but what you're really buying is a sense of control. You want to know your dread future and prepare for it - or even prevent it. But with most big genetic scares, like a predisposition for colon cancer, heart problems, or diabetes, what will the doctors tell you? Eat better, stop smoking, get more exercise. You don't need the Delphic Oracle to figure that out.

From an article over at http://www.wired.com....04/start.html?pg=10 (467 words/2254 characters)


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Re: DNA: do you really want to know?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2006, 04:58:12 AM »
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Good idea, to display the size of the article! I wouldn't think of it ;)

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Re: DNA: do you really want to know?
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2006, 05:05:34 AM »
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Good idea, to display the size of the article! I wouldn't think of it ;)
Thanks :) I never like it to stumble over an interesting topic, open the page - only to find out it'd take 30 minutes to read while I have little time right now.

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Re: DNA: do you really want to know?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2006, 12:00:11 PM »
I'd read about these services a few years back in Wired -- the one thing that really sparked my interest was mention of a specific gene -- if you don't have it, you can't/won't get lung cancer -- period.  As a happy smoker, I'd be curious to know if I was/wasn't prone to cancer.

Before anyone says anything, I know -- "if you're worried, quit, then it doesn't matter" -- but I doubt knowing would change my behavior, it's more a matter of morbid curiosity :)

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Re: DNA: do you really want to know?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2006, 08:41:38 PM »
I'd read about these services a few years back in Wired -- the one thing that really sparked my interest was mention of a specific gene -- if you don't have it, you can't/won't get lung cancer -- period.  As a happy smoker, I'd be curious to know if I was/wasn't prone to cancer.

Before anyone says anything, I know -- "if you're worried, quit, then it doesn't matter" -- but I doubt knowing would change my behavior, it's more a matter of morbid curiosity :)
Well, if you really are the guy from your avatar you *are* one of those who has to go down smoking  ;D ;D

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Re: DNA: do you really want to know?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2006, 09:28:19 PM »
Going back and forth between my respirator and tobacco :)  And yeah, the avatar is yours truly.