Via @NatureNews, a very interesting article about the fight in the United States over how to best administer genetic testing. The company 23andMe has been selling a 99-dollar service in which your DNA profile reveals your carrier status for a slew of genetic diseases (including cystic fibrosis and Tay-Sachs disease), your expected drug response (e.g. caffeine, heroin, postoperative nausea and vomiting), as well as your risk of developing one of 122 diseases such as Alzheimer’s and hypertension.
The FDA claims that 23andMe did not show that its service was safe and effective. The Nature News article goes on to state the following:
“Long after its 2006 founding, 23andMe maintained that its DNA tests provided general information rather than a medical service. Last year, however, the company reversed that stance, submitting paperwork to the FDA on its genetic tests. But the FDA says that the company still has not provided any…
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