Genetic Snake Oil

If you're hoping to market a genetic testing-based service by claiming it can help make consumers healthier in all kinds of ways — essentially medicine show-style — you may not only have the Food and Drug Administration on your case; the US Federal Trade Commission has recently taken a first step to put the kibosh on such offerings.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

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