NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Several months after the launch of a handful of consumer genomics firms, the medical establishment has fired a volley in what could become a debate between companies trying to bring the genome into the home and physicians trying to treat these newly armed patients.
 
Testing services from companies like 23andMe, Navigenics, Knome, and DeCode Genetics are “premature attempts at popularizing genetic testing,” according to an opinion article in yesterday’s New England Journal of Medicine.

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