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Gene study to share information with participants

Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2010

Children's Hospital Boston has designed a new genetic research project so information gleaned from DNA submitted by patients and their families can benefit not only science, but potentially participants themselves. No decisions have been made on what will be passed on to families, but research has already identified genes associated with conditions such as autism, diabetes, and obesity. Families who learn they are at genetic risk might seek medical intervention sooner. Others may adopt lifestyle changes to try to lower their risk, the Wall Street Journal reports.