Empowering Consumers through Accurate Genomic Tests

by jeeg 1. July 2014 18:26
  We’ve come to recognize that almost every disease has a genetic component, and many consumers now are eager to know more about their genetic profiles. They need only send a sample of their DNA collected from their saliva or from a cheek swab to a company, and in exchange they&rsquo... [More]

To claim someone has 'Viking ancestors' is no better than astrology

by jeeg 11. April 2013 19:38
You may have missed the latest genetic discovery. One million British men may be directly descended from the Roman legions". The story reappeared at the Who Do You Think You Are – Live event at London's Olympia, when it was repeated by Alistair Moffatt, the managing director of BritainsDNA... [More]

Consumer gene tests poised for regulatory green light

by jeeg 11. September 2012 20:34
When US lawmakers hauled direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies into congressional hearings in July 2010, it seemed clear that the industry was in for a shakedown. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already mailed stern letters to 20 different firms warning that their genetic ... [More]

FDA warns home genetic test makers on medical claims

by jeeg 18. May 2011 02:12
The FDA warns a trio of companies that offer direct-to-consumer genetic tests on medical claims made in their marketing campaigns. The FDA formally warned three providers of direct-to-consumer DNA tests about medical claims the companies make that the federal watchdog agency hasn't approved. ... [More]

Test lets genome out of the bottle

by jeeg 29. March 2011 22:00
PEOPLE are being encouraged to ''discover your own genome'', with the introduction by a Sydney company of an international online DNA testing service for genetic risks to a wide range of common diseases. The tests scan a person's genome and can identify more than 700,000 genetic variants ... [More]

FDA Panel Hearing Suggests Medical Professionals May Play Role in Direct-to-Consumer Testing

by jeeg 22. March 2011 23:17
A role for professionals in direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests seemed like a forgone conclusion from an FDA hearing held two weeks ago, considering the agency first weighed in on the issue last spring. In May 2010, Walgreens backtracked from plans it announced two days earlier to sell a sa... [More]

FDA Panel Says Home Gene Tests Need MD Input

by jeeg 11. March 2011 23:43
Certain types of genetic tests that are available for at-home use without a prescription should not be used without the involvement of a physician or genetic specialist, an FDA advisory panel recommended. So-called direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests can provide information ranging from a ... [More]

FDA panel wants doctors to supervise genetic testing

by jeeg 9. March 2011 19:08
Members of a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel convened to consider new government regulation of genetic testing offered directly to consumers said Tuesday that such testing should only be allowed under a doctor's supervision. Personal testing, which is mainly available online from comp... [More]

DNA test scam warning

by jeeg 5. January 2011 22:10
A fake DNA test kit being mailed to WA residents makes "ridiculous" claims about being able to slow the ageing process, according to the WA Consumer watchdog. Australia Post has intercepted 200 kits, which are sent from China and contain a cotton swab in a sealed bag, but Consumer Protection Comm... [More]

Regulation of genetic tests unnecessary, Canadian government says

by jeeg 14. December 2010 23:37
Industry forecasts indicate that Canadians will soon face a marketing avalanche to persuade them to purchase personal genetic test kits. But while American officials are moving to regulate do-it-yourself genetic testing kits because of concerns that results may be erroneous or may prompt patie... [More]
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