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'Am I My Genes?': Fate, Family And Genetic Testing

Advances in genetic testing have greatly improved the chances for early diagnosis and treatment of disease. But with enhanced knowledge comes difficult decisions.

For Am I My Genes?, Dr. Robert Klitzman interviewed 64 people whose genetics indicate they might face Huntington's disease, breast cancer and other illnesses. These individuals faced a number of big choices: the decision to be tested in the first place, whether to reveal the results to family members and doctors, and how to plan for the future.

Klitzman talks with NPR's John Donvan about the difficult decisions that come along with enhanced genetic information.

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