Writing in the New Scientist, Daniel MacArthur and Caroline Wright say that when it comes to DTC genetic testing, they "believe that regulation is needed, but are worried that it will focus too heavily on 'protecting' consumers from their own genomes." The authors note that once "lauded" as Time's invention of the year, personal genome scans have had a hard time "living up to that promise," and consequently their medical value has been limited. But, MacArthur and Wright say, not all DTC companies hold themselves to the same standards. "What is needed is measured regulation that protects unwary consumers, punishes false claims and weeds out fraudsters without destroying the potential of DTC genetics to drive innovation and educate the public," they write.
I Want My DNA!
Aug 25, 2010