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Update 30/11/10: 23andMe has extended their 80% discount until Christmas, without a need for a discount code. Personal genomics company 23andMe has made some fairly major announcements this week: a brand new chip, a new product strategy (including a monthly subscription fee), and yet another discount push. What do these changes mean for existing and new…

Two days ago I reported a rumour that the FDA might have convinced genotyping chip provider Illumina to stop providing its products to direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies – a move that would effectively prevent these companies from being able to operate. The rumour seemed plausible at the time, based on two pieces of evidence. Firstly,…

Following up on the rumours I posted about yesterday regarding a potential bid by the FDA to choke of direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies’ supply of genotyping chips, I received the following statement by email from 23andMe’s PR firm: 23andMe is engaged in an ongoing process with the FDA. 23andMe understands that Illumina is also engaged…

I mentioned last week on Genetic Future that a reporter with the Washington Post, Rob Stein, had emailed the National Society of Genetic Counsellors to search specifically for people with negative experiences of personal genomics for an upcoming article on the industry. At the time I called for personal genomics customers with positive experiences to…

As an addendum to my previous post on the controversial “longevity genes” study, you should go and check this out. It’s a post on the blog of personal genomics company 23andMe, and it’s a pretty impressive piece of scientific dissection of the longevity GWAS paper – in addition to detailing a variety of methodological problems with…

In October last year I reported on a presentation by direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting in Honolulu, in which the company described results of genetic association studies performed using combined genetic and survey data from their customers. The results of their study include replication of several known…

I posted yesterday on a serious incident at 23andMe’s sample processing lab, LabCorp, that resulted in the wrong data being sent to up to 96 customers. The company has just posted a blog entry explaining the cause of the problem and the approaches being taken to ensure it doesn’t happen again. As several commenters had…

Personal genomics company 23andMe has revealed that a lab mix-up resulted in as many as 96 customers receiving the wrong data. If you have a 23andMe account you can see the formal announcement of the problem here, and I’ve pasted the full text at the end of this post. It appears that a single 96-well…

The brief Golden Age of direct-to-consumer genetic testing – in which people could freely gain access to their own genetic information without a doctor’s permission – may be about to draw to a close. In a dramatic week, announcements of investigations into direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies by both the FDA and the US Congress have…

A colleague just pointed me to an entry on Brad Templeton’s blog where Templeton reveals some bizarre connections between people he has met as distant cousins via 23andMe‘s Relative Finder algorithm. Nothing too spooky, but a precursor of things to come if (as I hope and expect) 23andMe manages to ride out the current troubles…