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The home DNA testing company 23andMe has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test for three genetic mutations in two genes that you have probably heard of if you know who Angelina Jolie is, BRCA1 and BRCA2. 

This move is not a surprise in light of the announcement made by the FDA last fall that they would work to streamline the process for more at home genetic testing. In the announcement, they state that 

"Genetic risk testing can provide helpful information about an individual’s predisposition for certain diseases and conditions. These tests can prompt consumers to be...

All I want for Christmas is for people just to tell it like it is in medical advertising in all its forms. Promise nothing more and nothing less than what they, their institution or product actually do or mean. Stop the selling. If it or you are the real deal, then allow that to speak for itself. Whatever isn’t won’t last anyway, so being authentic will serve everyone in the long run and expedite the process.

Think Theranos (see here). Or, the ability to keep your doctor with Obamacare. The hubris of company 23andMe which warranted FDA intervention and sanction. And on and...

23andMe, founded in 2006, is a personal genetics company with the mission to "help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome."

Up until 2013, 23andMe was selling home DNA testing kits that gave genetic information to consumers. After submitting a sample of saliva, customers could have access to their genetic results online - related to both ancestry and health information. However, after years of back and forth with the FDA, 23andMe was told to stop selling their kits that allow disease detection. The letter from the FDA stated, 

“because you are marketing the 23andMe Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service (PGS) without marketing clearance or approval in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and...

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Part of me feels somewhat intimidated and reluctant to blast anything Google-related because they can probably take me off the grid and no one may know I ever existed – sounds a bit paranoid I know, but sort of feasible, right?

The company 23andMe, a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, recently made headlines because they opened up more about what they offer to consumers and why they are so great.  Chief Executive Officer Anne Wojcicki, ex-wife of Sergei Brin...