In photographer Scott Hohenshell's report, "DNA Test Your Kids?," Marchant cautioned parents about putting too much stock into the results of the test, which is offered by Atlas Sports Genetics of Boulder, Colo. Channel 12 tested two children, the daughter of an Olympic gymnastics gold medalist and the son of a automotive equipment salesman, to test the company's claims. The reported results were that each child had a genetic advantage for "mixed-pattern" sports.
"Parents shouldn't over-interpret, make decisions or send signals to their children, based on the results of this test, because it could be misleading or dangerous," said Marchant, Executive Director of the College of Law's Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology, who has a Ph.D. in genetics. "A single gene doesn't really tell you very much at all about it, and there are so many other things that were not tested for."
While acknowledging that the test appeared fairly harmless and could be a fun activity, Marchant warned that there is no government oversight of such tests to ensure that consumers are receiving valid test results.
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