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Health System Offers Free DNA Tests For 10,000 Floridians
Health System Offers Free DNA Tests For 10,000 Floridians

An operator of hospitals and clinics began offering free DNA testing this week to 10,000 Floridians in a partnership with a private genomics company.

Some biomedical ethicists warn that participants need to realize their data can be used for purposes other than their health care.

Researchers at AdventHealth in Orlando said the DNA test screens for an inherited condition that can lead to high cholesterol and heart attacks if left untreated. Participants who screen positive will get a second blood test to confirm the diagnosis, get to talk with a genetic counselor at no charge and be put in touch with a cardiologist.

“It’s treatable,” said Dr. Wes Walker, associate chief medical information officer at AdventHealth, who is one of the leaders of the $2 million project.

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