As genomic testing moves into the mainstream, there is an increased risk of lawsuits against healthcare providers. Medical malpractice claims could arise from the use, failure to use, or misuse of genomic information by healthcare providers.
The genetic basis of common diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, asthma and Alzheimer’s disease is complex. The genetic underpinning of most cases of common diseases is not monogenic, but rather, polygenic. In other words, there are genetic variants of dozens of different genes, each with a tiny effect on disease risk.