Today 23andMe received a letter from the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the United States House of Representatives asking that along with Navigenics and Pathway Genomics, we provide information about our genetic testing services. The letter was signed by Congressmen Henry A. Waxman from California, Chairman of the Committee, Ranking Member Joe Barton from Texas, and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Bart Stupak from Michigan and Michael C. Burgess from Texas. A link to the letters can be found here. We look forward to providing information to the Committee and Subcommittee and engaging with them on the topic of personal genetic testing, explaining how our services connect people to information about their own bodies, and highlighting the meaningful scientific research we facilitate through our services.
We believe that genetics has an important role to play in the coming age of personalized medicine and we view this inquiry as an opportunity to discuss real and important issues that include technology and data quality, scientific rigor, privacy, and accessibility as applied to the rapidly growing body of genetic knowledge.
Through our blog we will keep you informed of progress on this topic.