How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes

But what are the limits? Genome-wide association studies, explained.

When the Human Genome Project — the massive endeavor to map all the genes that make humans human — was completed in 2003, scientists were elated.

Finally, they thought, it would be possible to find genes that cause or contribute to devastating diseases like diabetes. And, they thought, it would be relatively simple. In 2004, Francis Collins, a key collaborator on the project and now the head of the National Institutes...

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