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Genetic Tests and FDA

FDA will convene a public meeting next week to hear from companies that make direct-to-consumer genetic tests, before it begins an overhaul of its regulations on genetic diagnostic testing, MIT's Technology Review says. FDA says doctors need help interpreting results from these tests, and that a third party should assess them before they are sold to the general public. "More than 2,000 genetic tests are now available through clinical laboratories," Technology Review's Emily Singer writes.

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