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What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About Your DNA

What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About Your DNA

Source: TIME Magazine

Across the country, a small but growing number of doctors are turning to increasingly sensitive genomic tests to pinpoint the root causes of young patients’ mystifying symptoms. Three years ago, Dr. Mike Bamshad, chief of genetic medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and his colleagues at UW were the first to sequence all the genes of a family: mom, dad and their two children. The sequencing was a success—the team discovered a new gene for a condition called Miller syndrome—but they also discovered genetic changes that caused other diseases in the family.

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