Limitations of Personalized Genomic Testing

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Personalized genomic testing, which uses an individual’s saliva to look for hundreds of thousands of tiny genetic changes, is becoming more widely available. But according to Kenneth Offit, Chief of the Clinical Genetics Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, most of the information from genomic tests is not clinically meaningful. In the absence of genetic counseling, genomic testing does not help individuals make informed clinical decisions.