Next Avenue: Why this genetic test may be the wave of the future

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Two framed displays adorn the walls at the American Medical Association main office. One is a replica of the June 27, 2000 New York Times front page, with the banner headline “Genetic Code of Human Life Cracked by Scientists.” The other is a quote pulled from an accompanying article on the same front page, sub-headlined “A Pearl and a Hodgepodge: Human DNA.” The article featured a variety of complex opinions from leading scientists about the human genome. The framed quote is from Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, who said, “We’ve got another century of work ahead of us, to figure out how all these things relate to each other.

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