Genetic Testing: What's the Harm?

Advances in genomics are creating extraordinary opportunities in medicine, but what are the potential consequences of its use to society and the individual? Utah Genome Project investigator Joshua Shiffman, M.D., also a pediatric oncologist at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah sits down with Wylie Burke, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of bioethics and humanities at the University of Washington to discuss the philosophy behind genomics and offers a perspective on how to use genetic testing responsibly.

“The deceptive appeal of personal genomics is this idea that I'm going to find out everything about me and it's going to empower prevention, it's going to make me healthier,” says Burke. “And in fact, genomic information doesn't have much utility when we're talking about most of the disease burdens that most people deal with: risk of diabetes, risk of cardiac disease, stroke.”

Tune into The Scope Radio podcast below to hear the discussion.

There's a difference between having the information and taking action - Wylie Burke, M.D., Ph.D.