A healthy trend on rise in Estonia’s free genomic tests

Apr 10, 2018, 8:20 AM EDT
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Nearly one-tenth of Estonia’s 1.3 million residents will be provided with free genetic testing, and the results will be used to help people decode their DNA characteristics and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

The initiative, launched on March 20, is first-of-its-kind in the world although the U.K. runs a similar program but the genetic information there is often restricted to only the doctors, notes Futurism.

Despite concerns that free genetic advice may breed unnecessary anxiety, other nations may warm up to the idea if it proves successful in Estonia. The prospect that genetic profiling can forewarn people about potential health risks, giving them the time to adapt their lifestyles offsets the apprehensions for many, reports Independent.