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Home DNA kits can be 'misleading' - report

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Over-the-counter DNA tests could lead to people making poor or wrong assumptions about their future health, according to a new report.

The genetic testing kits, available in shops or online, suggest insights into ancestry, disease risks and information on personality, athletic ability, and child talent.

However Anneke Lucassen, professor of clinical genetics at the University of Southampton, said the results can "easily be misinterpreted".

She said people can expect these tests to provide clear-cut answers about their future health, and can be highly predictive and informative, whereas in fact interpretation of the data is both "complex and context-dependent".


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