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In my previous post I quoted from Mary Carmichael’s excellent interview with two officials from the FDA, Alberto Gutierrez and Elizabeth Mansfield (part of her fantastic week-long DNA dilemma series, which you should read in full if you haven’t already). There are numerous nuggets of gold tucked away in this interview that warrant further analysis,…

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…

Mark Henderson’s interview with Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of personal genomics company 23andMe, is well worth a read. The big story is this: Wojcicki has floated the possibility of offering discounted genome scans to clinicians “to teach them to interpret genomic information that is now readily available to their patients”. Wojcicki explains:

The NY Times has an article entitled “Buyer beware of home DNA tests” that adopts the paternalistic party line of the medical establishment: taking DNA tests without a doctor’s advice is hazardous to your health. Remarkably, the article acknowledges that qualified genetic counsellors are few and far between and that “most practicing physicians lack the…

OK, so this GenomeWeb Daily News article is approximately four centuries old in internet time (i.e. around a week), but it’s worth going back and reading. I’ve previously argued at length that although personal genomics currently offers little in the way of useful, predictive health information, that lack of information in itself represents an important…