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How to Talk About Alzheimer's Risk

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Science  17 Aug 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6096, pp. 792
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6096.792

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If Alzheimer's disease were written in your genes, would you want to know? Most people do not, say researchers leading two upcoming clinical trials that will try to prevent Alzheimer's in people with gene mutations that cause an early-onset form of the disease (see main text). To accommodate the participants' wishes, those trials will not reveal genetic testing results. But what about less certain risks?