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The Dirty Secret of Genetic Testing: We’re Still Not Sure What “Normal” Looks Like

You can get your entire genetic code deciphered for about $1,000 in a day, but scientists still don’t know what most of it means.

Getting a full readout of your entire genetic sequence promises to radically alter how we monitor our health, providing advanced warning of cancer and other diseases we may suffer and our chances of passing on those ailments. Clinical genetic testing firm Illumina is valued at nearly $23 billion, for example, while direct-to-consumer offering 23andMe is at about $1 billion. Meanwhile the price for so-called whole genome sequencing has dropped to about $1,000.

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