Sara Terry and her son, Christian, in Spring, Texas. After sequencing Christian's genome, doctors were able to diagnose him with a Noonan-like syndrome. Eric Kayne for NPR hide caption

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Scientists See Upside And Downside Of Sequencing Their Own Genes

Prominent geneticists are getting their own genomes decoded, revealing the benefits and risks.

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As Genetic Sequencing Spreads, Excitement, Worries Grow

Some experts are concerned that access to genomic information could stoke fears and invade privacy.

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