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Gene sequencing may reveal risks for rare diseases

Gene sequencing may reveal risks for rare diseases

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MONDAY, June 26, 2017 -- "Genome sequencing" of healthy people reveals that some are at risk for rare genetic diseases, a new study shows.And doctors need to be sensitive when revealing that information, the researchers said."Sequencing healthy individuals will inevitably reveal new findings for that individual, only some of which will have actual health implications," said study lead author Dr. Jason Vassy. He's a clinician investigator at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.Vassy and his colleagues said they found "reassuring evidence" that doctors can be trained to manage their patients' sequencing results appropriately.Moreover, "patients who receive their results are not likely to experience anxiety connected to those results," Vassy said in a hospital news release.Whole genome seq...