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.

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