Genetic Testing Doesn’t Always Hold The Answers To A Sudden, Unexpected Death
In only 16 percent of cases could scientists definitively pinpoint a "likely" genetic explanation for the death.
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Genetic Testing Can Explain Some Sudden Deaths (But Not All)
In a new study, San Diego scientists show that genetic testing can often give families answers when a loved one suddenly dies. But sometimes the answers provided by these "molecular autopsies" lead to new questions. And in many cases, unexplained deaths can't be linked with DNA at all. ... The goal was to pinpoint genetic mutations that could have caused the death, and to give that information back to surviving family members who may also carry the potentially lethal mutation. (Wagner, 10/11)