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Here's a Bump in the Business Plan

Following in New York's footsteps, California's state health department has sent cease-and-desist orders to 13 consumer genomics companies, reports Forbes.com. In California, the law is that laboratory tests -- including genetic tests -- have to be ordered by a physician and must be validated for accuracy and medical utility. A spokeswoman said that California's investigation was prompted by consumer complaints. "The consumers were unhappy about the accuracy [of the tests] and thought they cost too much," she said.

At Genetic Future, Daniel predicts that this is just the beginning. "To a large extent what's going on here is a turf war between proponents of the old-school medical regulation model and upstart advocates of the free information paradigm of the Google generation."

 

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.