Landmark 20-year study to assess impact of personal genetic testing

A consortium of US healthcare, technology and research leaders have joined forces in a first-of-its-kind research study to assess the behavioural impact of personal genetic testing on people who choose to receive such screenings to identify their potential risk for developing certain diseases.

Sponsored by the US Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI), the study aims to find out if participating in personal genomic testing will improve health by motivating people to make positive lifestyle changes, such as exercising, eating healthy and quitting smoking, as well as decisions to seek further medical evaluation and preventive strategies.

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A number of safeguards will be in place to protect the privacy of participants’ genetic information. Traditional identifying information for participants’ saliva samples and self-reported health assessment questionnaires will be de-identified, encoded, encrypted and kept in a secure database.

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