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California Outpatient Centers Offering 23andMe Service

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – California's Palomar Pomerado Health will offer 23andMe's genome service at its outpatient centers in San Diego, the companies said today.

The direct-to-consumer genomics service company said that the agreement with PPH marks the first time that its Personal Genome Service will be available for sale outside of its website.

Under the partnership, PPH will offer the service for $399 at two of its retail health centers in Escondido and Rancho Penasquitos, and at the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion in Poway. Patients at these centers interested in the service will receive a personal session with a PPH nurse practitioner to discuss the PGS service.

"Because genetics significantly impacts a person's risk for developing certain diseases, having access to genetic information can be useful for both patients and physicians in helping to prevent health problems down the road," Jerry Kolins, who is PPH's associate chief medical quality officer and medical director for PPH Laboratories, said in a statement.