Category Archives: DTC Genetic Testing

Continuing Fallout from the Decision to Overturn Myriad’s Patents

I follow the genetic testing field and have watched the field’s developments since the Myriad decision on patentability of genetic sequences with great interest. One very interesting and very important question is whether the ability to patent naturally occurring genetic … Continue reading

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Was the FDA Right to Shut Down 23andMe’s Marketing?

My opinion: the FDA was right to act in November by asking 23andMe to stop marketing  its personal genome service.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I have been rooting for 23andMe to succeed at what they are doing in the … Continue reading

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FDA Tells 23andMe to Stop Marketing: Death Knell for DTC Genomics 1.0?

The FDA on Friday published a letter  addressed to 23andMe’s CEO, Anne Wojcicki, telling the company to cease marketing it’s Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service (PGS). In the letter, Alberto Gutierrez, Director of the Office of In vitro … Continue reading

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DTC Genomics: Opportunity Lost?

Once I warmed up to the idea of startup companies offering to sequence the DNA of anyone capable of ordering from Amazon.com, I began to look forward to what might come of this nascent industry. Enabling individuals to have their … Continue reading

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DTC Genomics Update

I have fallen a bit behind in posts about the DTC genomics field.  One change in my posts to note with respect to this subject, I am going to start using the term “personal genomics” to describe the field, since … Continue reading

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DTC Genomics Profitable?

Maybe there is hope that 23andMe, as well as the other DTC genomics companies can make a living in the end: http://www.bio-itworld.com/els/2012/05/29/23andme-announces-first-patent.html Although, it is not clear how useful this particular patent will be.  More detailed discussion here: http://www.genomicslawreport.com/index.php/2012/06/01/patenting-and-personal-genomics-23andme-receives-its-first-patent-and-plenty-of-questions/

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An Academic—Industry Partnership to Study DTC Genomics

A GenomeWeb story today provides details of a study being performed by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the University of Michigan on the motivations for getting and effects of DTC genomic testing. The study will look at the … Continue reading

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DTC Genomic Testing—What’s it good for anyways?

What is the fuss over DTC genomic/genetic testing all about anyways?  DNA is just a sequence of letters, isn’t it?  Lots of people are experiencing angst over the fact that these upstart companies would have the nerve to sequence part … Continue reading

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Testing DTC Genomic Testing I

Now that we’ve all gotten over the shock of being able to order a genetic test through Amazon.com, we can begin to actually ask some useful questions about DTC genomic testing and its utility.  Not much is really known about … Continue reading

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Genomic Test for your Kid’s Sports Ability? Oh, Please!

The US FDA just sent out more letters to genomic testing firms asking them to explain why their testing kits should not be regulated.  The companies in question (and their target market) were Lumigenix (disease predisposition), American International Biotechnology Services … Continue reading

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