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# Wednesday, 21 October 2015
23andMe Relaunches Health-Related DNA Testing
Posted by Diane

Genetic testing company 23andMe is again offering health-related DNA testing in addition to its ancestry services.

In 2013, the FDA ordered 23andMe to stop offering the health analysis, which informed test-takers about their risks for getting 254 diseases and conditions, such as Alzheimer's, diabetes and breast cancer. The company hadn't proven its tests were " analytically or clinically validated," the FDA said.

The new service, launched after negotiations with the FDA, reports on "carrier status" (whether a person carries genes and could pass them on to children) for 36 diseases such as sickle cell anemia and hearing loss. It also includes wellness reports on whether a test-taker could develop traits such as lactose intolerance.

Test-takers also can opt to have their DNA anonymously be part of medical research studies. Ancestry DNA has followed suit with its "Ancestry Human Diversity Project" (which test-takers can—but don't have to—consent to be part of) and AncestryHealth website.

23andMe's ancestry analysis, which is included along with the health results, is unchanged. The price for the company's test has doubled, though, from $99 to $199.

Read more about 23andMe's relaunched health testing on CNN Money and Vox.


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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:08:35 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]