Where, oh where is 23andme’s Privacy Officer?

by jeeg 21. February 2015 00:13
  The direct to consumer genetic testing company 23andme made headlines six months ago when Vox published a story about unwelcome family connections found as a result of lax privacy settings with its genealogical services.   In one case, a professor's parents divorced after the ... [More]

How drug companies will mine your genes

by jeeg 13. January 2015 00:45
  Imagine a world where genetic sequencing is free, like Gmail. That’s where we’re headed. Genetic data is going the way the rest of our data has gone on the web. Companies will mine it, repackage it, and find a way to make money off it. For eight years, personal ... [More]

23andMe turns spit into DNA data sales to Pfizer

by jeeg 12. January 2015 22:05
  23andMe Inc., the genetic-testing startup backed by Google, is sharing DNA data on about 650,000 individuals with Pfizer to help find new targets to treat disease and to design clinical trials. The collaboration with Pfizer is the broadest announced so far in 23andMe’s ambitious pla... [More]

23andMe’s New Formula: Patient Consent = $

by jeeg 7. January 2015 22:21
    Facebook generates about $8 a year in revenue from each of its users. But what if you offered a company not just your photos and updates, but your entire genome? Then you could be worth as much as $20,000. That’s my rough calculation for what Genentech could pay direct-t... [More]

FDA wins high-profile support in consumer genetics kerfuffle

by jeeg 14. March 2014 21:20
  When the Food & Drug Administration last November ordered the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm 23andMe to stop marketing its health-related genetic test kit to consumers, the ensuing debate took on a "rage against the machine" tenor. Entrepreneurs, patients' rights advocates and geneti... [More]

China Cracks Down on DNA Testing

by jeeg 4. March 2014 01:01
Genetic testing has grown to be a business big enough in China to warrant the government’s intervention. Early in February, the government quietly put the brakes on the provision of genetic tests to customers by domestic hospitals and a variety of medical and health institutions.   If... [More]

Genetic Testing Needs a Nudge

by jeeg 24. February 2014 18:35
Mail-away genetic testing promises to revolutionize the way that people learn about and manage their health. Already half a million Americans have sent their saliva to find out their risk of genetic disease -- no doctors needed. Splashed across TV sets nationwide this past summer was 23andMe's in... [More]

Genetics for the People?

by jeeg 7. February 2014 22:59
“Your genetic information should be controlled by you,” declares an advertisement for the American direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic-testing firm 23andMe. Amid the current furor over electronic eavesdropping, the notion that individuals should decide who can access their personal data i... [More]

Direct-to-Consumer Testing’s Constitutional Appeal

by jeeg 5. February 2014 20:43
The First Amendment may not protect someone yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater, but should shield 23andMe and other direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies from “overcautious” FDA regulation, two longtime supporters of test providers argue, reopen... [More]

How FDA and 23andMe Dance Around Evidence That Is Not There

by jeeg 28. January 2014 22:02
On July 20, 2010, Andrew Alexander, founder and director of easyDNA, received a letter from the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA had noticed that easyDNA was marketing the "Genetic Predisposition Health Test, a home-use device that is intended to allow individuals to discover whether t... [More]
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