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Muin Khoury, director of the National Office of Public Health Genomics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it wasn't clear how genome sequences might help. "We simply cannot interpret ... the vast amount of emerging data," he said. "The current information is incomplete, uncertain, potentially misleading and could lead to unnecessary procedures," he said.
Khoury said that without a medical reason for getting a genome sequence, obtaining one was premature. "The relationships between our genome and most health and disease indicators are so far unknown or unvalidated," he said.
Quake also cautioned that getting a genome sequence isn't for everyone. "All you hear about when they talk about your genome is ways you're going to die and get sick. It doesn't tell you you're going to be happy or a great athlete," he said. "If you're a worrier, this is not for you."
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