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Weekly Poll #1: DNA Banking

Posted Nov 19 2009 10:02pm

Would you bank your family’s DNA? Why or why not? Post a comment and let us know!

Here’s why we’re talking about DNA banking: Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran an in-depth article on the recent push to study families with inherited cancers. Says the WSJ:

“One reason families with inherited cancers are so valuable to research is that they make it much easier to home in on the problematic genes. To find culprit genes in a vast population of patients with varying genetic makeups can be almost impossible. When the people getting the disease are all related, it is often easier for researchers to detect relevant genetic patterns.”

Or, as the head of a familial-colon-cancer study puts it, “In families, there are more needles and less haystack to search for the cause of the cancer.”

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 30th, 2006 at 11:18 am and is filed under Family Health & Heredity, Personal Stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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