Know your DNA

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Know Your DNA
Our one-size-fits-all approach to medicine will soon be a thing of the past. In ten years, you'll likely be able to get your entire genome sequenced at an affordable price, and doctors will use that information to tailor your treatment to your unique genetic makeup. By 2022 there might be a drug designed for your specific kind of migraine or even your depression.

What You Can Do Today
There are a few direct-to-consumer services that will examine a small part of your genome for anywhere from $100 to $2,000. You might learn about your predisposition for some diseases, odd traits, maybe even a hidden talent. The services are not yet regulated by the FDA, however, and the results should always be interpreted with medical guidance (23andMe.com, Decode.com, Navigenics.com).
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