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At Home Genetic Testing: Not Scary

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Air date: February 27, 2011

Host: Barbara Lewis

Mental Health Men's & Women's Health Research
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Interview: Cinnamon Bloss, PhD, neuropsychologist, Scripps Translational Science Institute

Apparently, there’s at least one thing we don't need to worry about: people freaking out over the results of their will at-home genetic tests.

When those direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits first came on the market, there were predictions that the results would create anxiety and even lead to unnecessary treatments down the road.

Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis spoke recently with Dr. Cinnamon Bloss, PhD, of the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI). Dr. Bloss is a neuropsychologist at STSI; she conducted the study.

Bloss says that the Scripps research showed that people were not anxious about the results. In fact, taking the do-it-yourself genetic test affected peoples' behavior very little.

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