Timothy Rebbeck, Voice of America, Genetic Testing

Timothy Rebbeck, Voice of America, Genetic Testing

Questioning Whether Patients Have The Ability to Interpret Genetic Information

A Voice of America article highlights LDI Senior Fellow Timothy Rebbeck's study about genetic testing and personal medicine. The work casts doubt on assumptions that genetic science will be able to predict whether people get, or don't get, a particular disease. The Penn professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and director of the Center for Genetics and Complex Traits, said that test results should be interpreted by a genetic counselor or physician. "You wouldn't want to unleash this information on people without systems that allowed them to properly use and act on that information," he said. "And people could make all kinds of decisions that could harm them if they weren't completely aware of what it meant."