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Genetic Testing

In recent years there has been an interest in genetic testing. For $100 or more, you can have your DNA tested for genetic health risks including late onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The testing determines whether you are a carrier for over 40 different conditions.

The test results are confidential, unless you share the test results with your physician or health care providers. If you share the information, the information may become part of your medical record and ultimately accessible by other health care providers, insurance companies, etc.

While there are safeguards in place at the state and federal level to protect employees from misuse of genetic data, there are exceptions. Care must be taken in connection with genetic testing test results.

If you have questions about genetic data or genetic privacy, contact attorney Scott V. Kelly at or by phone at 507-625-2525.