Australia's NHMRC releases guidelines after concerns online genetic tests may not meet quality standards

by jeeg 10. December 2014 00:11
  Experts are warning Australians to be extremely careful when ordering genetic tests online, saying the tests may not meet Australian quality and reliability standards. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released new advice for consumers, after genetic tests have ... [More]

U.K. approves sales of 23andMe genetic test banned in U.S.

by jeeg 5. December 2014 18:56
  U.K. residents interested in finding out their genetic health risks for diseases like Alzheimer's, breast cancer and dozens of other conditions will now have the option to purchase a home genetic testing kit from the U.S.-based company 23andMe. Officials from the U.K.'s Medicines and Heal... [More]

Evanston Seeks To Stay Out Of Suit Over Posted DNA Results

by jeeg 16. July 2014 20:41
  Evanston Insurance Co. sued Gene By Gene Ltd. in Texas federal court Wednesday, challenging coverage for a proposed class action accusing the genetic testing services company of automatically publishing results on its website without getting permission from customers.    &n... [More]

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]

Government Cracks Down on Fake DNA-Based Medicine

by jeeg 14. May 2014 23:57
  Any medical advance always brings along con men hoping to exploit the news with useless or even dangerous "medicine" of their own that they can lie about to sell to people who don't yet know how to spot fakes. Personalized medicine, treatment that uses genetic information to improve people... [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]
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