A Genetic Test for Heart Disease and Cancer Risk

News — By on February 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm

DecodeMe, a division of Iceland-based Decode Genetics, launched two new services this week: a test that detects genetic variations associated with different cardiovascular diseases, and a screen that detects genetic variations linked to the risk of developing various cancers. At $195 and $225, respectively, the new tests are cheaper than Decode’s genome-wide screen, which for $985 assesses genetic risk for 34 diseases and traits ranging from diabetes to male-pattern baldness. “We wanted to give people an opportunity to buy a test that would only address their needs,” says Kari Stefansson, Decode’s president and cofounder.

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