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Saturday, February 21, 2015

23andMe gets FDA approval to sell genetic test kit

If you carried a risk of a rare genetic disorder, would you want to know about it? A lot of people do, apparently. Which is why 23andMe Inc., a genetic-testing company backed by Google, is in business.

This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the company's direct-to-consumer genetic carrier test for market -- a stark reversal of opinion. In 2013, regulators sent 23andMe a letter warning the company to stop marketing its DNA health analysis offerings until further review.

But FDA officials announced Thursday they are exempting genetic carrier screening from premarket reviews, paving the way for products similar to 23andMe's to enter the market. The new FDA decision will be subject to a 30-day public comment period before it is finalized.

"The FDA believes that in many circumstances it is not necessary for consumers to go through a licensed practitioner to have direct access to their personal genetic information," Alberto Gutierrez, who heads up the FDA's Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, said in a press release- UPI.com



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