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2013-11-07 13:50:16

In an era of commercialized medicine, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing has been on a steady rise. Consumers can purchase a DNA sample kit, also known as a "spit kit," mail it to a testing company, and wait for an email that reveals their genetic risk for disorders like heart disease and colon cancer. However, a new Yale study reveals that members of the public, as well as physician groups, are concerned about individuals interpreting these risks without the help of a doctor....

23andMe Applies For FDA Approval
2012-08-01 05:45:05

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online 23andMe, a company focused on personal genetics, recently took the first step in working towards Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance; the FDA plans to review the paperwork over the next few months. Previously, the Silicon Valley company refrained from government regulation, claiming that the service provided consumers with information rather than a medical service. CBS News reported that 23andMe submitted the first...

Few Use Follow Up Services After Genetic Testing
2012-05-18 09:39:01

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Recently, genetic tests have been on the rise and are offered by more and more commercial producers. While there are many opportunities for people to participate in genetic testing, this doesn´t necessarily mean that people are following up on those services. These are the results found in a study that is published in the May 17 issue of Genetics in Medicine. The study was a collaborative project by the Multiplex Initiative, which includes researchers...

Focus Groups Share Thoughts on Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Tests
2012-05-11 06:06:14

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Researchers at Loyola University Chicago´s Stritch School of Medicine have found that patients see both benefits and risks from direct-to-consumer genetic tests. Dr. Katherine Wasson, a specialist on the ethics of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, and colleagues conducted the experiment. The study, published in the American Journal of Bioethics Primary Research, showed that the patients were concerned about the end game of the genetic test results....

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