Commentary: Genetic responsibility for disease leads to fundamental shift in thinking

07/5/2005 | NYTimes.com

The discovery that one's genes, and not outside influences alone, may be responsible for our "medical fate" has brought with it a "fundamental shift in thinking about human disease," writes Dr. Kent Sepkowitz in a tongue-in-cheek commentary. In the extreme, it could lead some to believe it is useless to practice healthy behavior since genes already have determined one's fate, but that attitude "may sour as new insights and new intellectual fashion result in new bedrock truths."

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