Episode 23 – Tip of the Iceberg

Has the idea of taking a genetics test ever crossed your mind? Maybe you have limited access to lab services, or maybe you think these do-at-home tests are a harmless look into your ancestry. In this episode, we speak with a genetics counsellor and a genetics technologist to explore the drawbacks of these tests, like error rates and placing more strain on an already overburdened health care system—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Bonus Content

Remember Victoria Boer, the woman we mentioned whose at-home genetics test caused false hope? You can watch the CBC interview about her story here.

Did Michael Grant’s personal experience with 23andMe pique your interest? CSMLS members can read all about it in the article, “Down the Rabbit Hole: How Much Access to Your Medical Information is Too Much?” Log in with your CSMLS username and password here.

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