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FDA'S DTC Task

In the weeks since the Food and Drug Administration told 23andMe that it must cease marketing its personal genome service there has been quite a bit of chatter about how the agency is being overly cautious, or too paternalistic, grinding up the gears of a fledgling industry while telling the American public that it knows better than them about what health information they can handle.

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