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07/09/2010 05:18 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

New Milestone in Genetic Testing

Here is my latest article on the first study published by a Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing company:


Defining the Boundaries of Genetic Testing

New Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Raise Privacy Concerns

A recently released study by direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe reveals the privacy challenges ahead for public health policymakers as so-called genome-wide association studies, which look for specific genetic traits in huge genetic databases, enter the mainstream of scientific inquiry.

23andMe, a personal genomics company co-founded in 2006 with investment from Google, Inc., just published its first genome-wide association study in the online journal PLoS Genetics. The decision by the journal's editors to proceed with publication brings to light some of the more overlooked controversies surrounding direct-to-consumer, or DTC, genetic tests involving the methods of data collection and concerns about consumer privacy.... Click here for more.