Well Said: Genetic testing

Genetic testing can tell a lot about a patient. UNC School of Medicine professor James Evans explains how the tests are changing the medical field.

Genetic testing has changed the way doctors can treat their patients.

By sequencing sections of a person’s DNA, medical professionals can determine if their patient is at a higher risk of getting a specific disease or disorder.

But is our health care system — and the patients — ready to handle this new generation of medical care?

In this week’s episode, we talk about predictive genetic testing and how it’s impacting doctors and patients with James Evans, the Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, and the editor-in-chief of Genetics in Medicine.

Read a transcript of this episode.

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