FDA orders 23andMe to stop selling DNA tests
Original post made on Nov 26, 2013
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on Nov 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm
The program on Forum this morning dealt with this topic. Having used the service, I'm guessing there's an insurer or competitor behind what happened. Since they are not a lab, and the accuracy of the work seems not in dispute, the problem seems to be allowing patients access to their own information. I think it's the height of ridiculousness that we are not able to have the information about our own genes, especially given how carefully 23 and me gives out the information. They indicate not only risk, but relative confidence in how well that risk is known based on the genetic information. They also put up barriers and caveats before people are allowed to get results for tests with serious implications, you can't accidentally stumble on results you don't want to see.
I think the insurance industry sees it as nonessential and is worried about being hit with the expense of paying for genetic testing.
I have been really happy to have the information they provide and believe they present it in such a responsible way, I feel this ruling is like outlawing ladders because no matter what you do, there are boneheaded people who will use ladders unsafely. It's not even a great analogy, because these tests are nowhere near as dangerous as a ladder. And actually, 23andme doesn't even make it that easy for people to get their actual genome information (the only thing I am personally unhappy about, I'd like it to be easier to just download the genetic code).
on Nov 27, 2013 at 10:28 am
I think the headline is in error -- I believe 23andme can still SELL the kits, just can't MARKET themů there's a difference.
on Nov 27, 2013 at 11:29 am
Selling vs Marketing -- sounds like the rules for cigarettes.