DTC genetic testing

The company said that future health tests it might launch in its store may require features that are only available on version 2 of the Exome+ test.

Through their joint venture, Berry and Prenetics aim to offer a range of direct-to-consumer genetic testing services to the Chinese market.

Few Eyebrows Up

Time reports that some experts have raised concerns about 23andMe's new direct-to-consumer pharmacogenetic tests.

The agency informed the public that most PGx tests haven’t been reviewed by the agency, and they should refer to information in FDA approved product labels when using such tests.

Not the Whole Story

A genetic counselor-to-be warns in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that direct-to-consumer genetic tests only give a snapshot of genetic risk.

In a conference call to discuss Q3 earnings, CEO Francis deSouza discussed NIPT, oncology, population sequencing, and consumer genomics as potential growth drivers.

Not for the Littlest

The American Academy of Pediatrics affirms its position that direct-to-consumer genetic testing is not for newborns.

The Shenzhen-based company offers personal genomics services in China that are similar to those provided by 23andMe, Ancestry, and Helix in the US.

What You Might Learn

The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

To Worry or Not?

Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher warns in a New York Times op-ed that more people are going to need help figuring out what their consumer genetic testing results mean.

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The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

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