Archives for 2010

What DTC Genetic Testing Can—and Can’t—Tell You

This week, Mary Carmichael of Newsweek is exploring the world of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing and deciding whether or not she'd like to find out about her own DNA information. 23andMe was asked to contribute a short piece on what you can—and can't—learn from services such as ours.  We were more ...

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GAO Studies Science Non-Scientifically

As we posted here on the Spittoon yesterday, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing and the Consequences to the Public Health.” Central to this hearing was an investigation by ...

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Update on Congressional Hearing on Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing

This morning the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing and the Consequences to the Public Health.”  PDFs of written testimony submitted for the record and a link to the webcast of the ...

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Absence of Evidence Is Not Evidence of Absence: Understanding What Genetic Testing Can (And Can’t) Tell You

Earlier today science writer Ed Yong wrote about his experience with 23andMe over at his blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science.  In this piece, he said that his 23andMe results showed that if he procreated with another science writer named Mark Henderson (a joke, as both are male), their child would not have ...

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23andMe at FDA/CDRH Public Meeting on Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs)

The FDA/CDRH Public Meeting on Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) took place yesterday and today (July 19 and 20) in Washington, DC. Webcasts of both days will be available from the FDA for the next year. 23andMe's President and Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki spoke about the promise and power of ...

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Congressional Hearing on Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing

On Thursday, July 22, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on "Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing and the Consequences to the Public Health." The hearing begins 9:30 a.m. EDT and will take place in Room 2123, ...

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Consumer Genomics Policy Forum Sponsored by 23andMe

On Wednesday July 14, 23andMe and California State Senator Alex Padilla co-hosted a day-long policy forum entitled "Genomics and the Consumer: The Present and Future of Personalized Medicine." The approximately 150 people in attendance—lawyers, scientists, ethicists, business people, elected officials and ...

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Update on 23andMe and the FDA

On June 10, 2010, 23andMe received a letter from the Food and Drug administration (FDA) expressing the agency's view that our Personal Genome Service™ may be subject to FDA regulation.  We have responded to this letter and are in the process of scheduling a meeting with the agency for further discussions.  ...

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Update on 23andMe and Committee on Energy and Commerce of the United States House of Representatives

As we have previously detailed here in the Spittoon, 23andMe received a letter from the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the United States House of Representatives asking for details of our genetic testing services.  We received a second letter from the Committee asking for more information about the ...

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SNPwatch: Uncertainty Surrounds Longevity GWAS

[Update: This study was formally retracted by Science on July 22, 2011] A genome-wide association study of extreme longevity published last week in the journal Science has been receiving a lot of press attention.  The results are quite extraordinary: the authors identify 70 loci with genome-wide ...

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