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23 Skidoo: FDA’s Genomics Clampdown Gets Mixed Reviews

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 15, No. 1. Spring, 2014

The FDA’s recent regulatory action against popular genomic testing company, 23andMe, is generating mixed responses among integrative clinicians.

skidoo-main-imageLate in November, the FDA issued a widely publicized warning letter calling 23andMe’s test an unapproved diagnostic device, and ordering the company to discontinue its Personal Genome Service (PGS), an injunction 23andMe quickly obeyed. FDA holds that available data are insufficient to support the company’s gene-based health risk assessments.

23andMe will continue offering basic DNA data, but can no longer provide it’s popular health risk interpretations—explanations in lay terms focused on 254 common disorders, carrier status for known genetic diseases, and likely responses to common drugs.

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