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Are DIY Gene-Testing Kits a Good Idea?

June 13, 2016

(The Guardian) – According to a 2015 government-commissioned report, the UK genomic industry is worth £800m, yet to date only about 5% of this revenue comes from companies and researchers looking to apply the information we are learning about the human genome to help develop new drugs and create new treatments. Genome sequencing and – to a lesser degree, genetic analysis – may be a rapidly advancing market, but the report found that “interpretation and application will take time” – scientists are still struggling to find cures for the vast majority of genetic conditions.

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