A genetic “Minority Report”: How corporate DNA testing could put us at risk

by jeeg 27. January 2014 21:34
On Nov. 22, 2013, the FDA sent a now-infamous letter to the genetic research startup 23andMe, ordering the company to stop marketing some of its personal DNA testing kits. In its letter, the agency told 23andMe that it was concerned about the possibility of erroneous test results, about false ... [More]

I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results

by jeeg 31. December 2013 05:21
I like to plan ahead; that much I knew about myself before I plunged into exploring my genetic code. I’m a healthy 28-year-old woman, but some nasty diseases run in my family: coronary heart disease,  rheumatoid arthiritis,Alzheimer's and breat cancer. So I decided to read the t... [More]

Gene tests raise murky medical issues

by jeeg 31. December 2013 05:16
In early December, Harvard geneticist George Church addressed a crowd of about 150 life science professionals gathered at Google’s Cambridge office and asked how many of them had had their genomes sequenced. Not a single person raised a hand. Church appeared to have expected the negative re... [More]

An Ethics for the Future of Genetic Testing

by jeeg 31. December 2013 05:08
The available prenatal testing technologies for expectant parents are constantly changing in dramatic and subtle ways, and 2013 saw its share of those changes. These tests are tricky territory, especially when it comes to genetic screening. What can these technologies reliably offer to those anxio... [More]

The Failed Promise of 23andMe

by jeeg 5. December 2013 01:25
Over the past decade, we have heard about the “fat gene,” the “diabetes gene,” the “alcoholism gene,” the “intelligence gene,” even the “God gene.” In the end, none of these so-called discoveries proved correct. Genetics is more com... [More]

San Diego woman sues 23andMe over DNA test

by jeeg 4. December 2013 20:47
A San Diego County woman has filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status against 23andMe, alleging that the company knowingly misled consumers into thinking that its DNA test kits produce a reliable look at a person’s relative risk for hundreds of diseases and disorders. Lisa Casey also... [More]

Stop selling those DNA tests, FDA tells 23andMe

by jeeg 25. November 2013 21:08
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered DNA testing company 23andMe to stop marketing its over-the-counter genetic test, saying it’s being sold illegally to diagnose diseases, and with no proof it actually works. The heavily marketed test includes a kit for sampling saliva, and the... [More]

Why 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki Trusts the Crowd Over the System

by jeeg 19. April 2012 22:03
Last night, co-founder and CEO of personal-genetics company 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki, came to Harvard, preaching the virtues of crowd-sourced science and DNA sequencing. Many in the audience were already converts. Before diving in, Wojcicki asked for a show of hands of how many in the crowd a... [More]

DTC and Regulating Medical Advice

by jeeg 30. July 2010 19:11
  Last week’s Congressional hearings on the direct-to-consumer genetics industry (featuring a provocative GAO report based on covertly recorded phone calls made to major DTC companies) have spurred plenty of discussion, including Daniel MacArthur’s post at Genomes Unzip... [More]

House Committee Questions DTC Companies

by jeeg 23. July 2010 14:39
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations grilled representatives from 23andMe, Navigenics, and Pathway Genomics over the GAO investigation and other findings during a Wednesday hearing held to discuss the public health effects of direct-to-consumer genetic tes... [More]
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