“I recommend that people not get into their head, ‘I need this specific type of test’ from what they read, because it really is a complex decision about what test should be done,” says University of Washington geneticist Robin Bennett.

Anna Kuwada was 24 years old and newly engaged when she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation.

You may think reaching for that morning cup of coffee is a matter of taste and routine—but researchers say it could be your biology buzzing on caffeine.

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!--paging_filter--pMany of us are compelled, at one point or another, to do a little self-diagnosis when something—an itch here or a pang there—comes up.

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Virginia P. Sybert, M.D.
Medical genetics and pediatric dermatology
Practice: Group Health Cooperative, University
of Washington Medical Center