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The Phenomena Otherwise Known as DTC Genetic Tests

February 14th, 2011
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“I looked in the Yellow Pages. ‘Furniture Movers’ we’ve got; ‘Strange Phenomenon’, there’s no listing.” – Diane in Poltergeist
 
I had to laugh at one of last week’s headlines on the Daily Scan from Genome Web. It was titled, “They’re Baaaaaack!” Before reading the article, I imagined it had something to do with the Poltergeist series of movies where chaos and unexplained phenomena occur – objects careening through the air along with visitations from old and terrifying ghosts.   But when I read the article, it had to do with the revisiting of the direct-to-consumer genetic (DTC) tests rather than some type of paranormal activity.  Not exactly a poltergeist but nevertheless a phenomenom that 1) won’t go away, 2) is somewhat chaotic, and 3) is worth following.
 
From March 8-9, 2011, the Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel of the FDA’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee will host a public meeting.  The group will take comments and make recommendations on DTC tests.  Several issues are on the agenda with the focus on the risk and benefits of such tests and the potential availability to consumers without a physician’s prescription.
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