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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Food and Drug Administration has granted 23andMe authorization to sell tests for 33 pharmacogenetic variants directly to consumers.

The reports, the FDA said, provide consumers information about genetic variants that may be associated with their ability to metabolize some medications and help inform discussions with their healthcare providers.

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