Friday, February 20, 2009

10 months........

Forbes April 2008

"Both 23andMe and DeCode, which has not received a warning letter from New York so far, argue that the lab testing laws don't apply because their products are not medical tests. "23andMe's services are not medical ... they are educational," argues 23andMe spokesman Paul Kranhold. "

"One worry is that people who order online gene tests could get misleading information. For example, 23andMe tests for some gene variants involved in mildly raising breast cancer risk, but not genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2 that vastly raise breast cancer risk. Harvard Medical School's Mark Daley says if you found out that you had genes that slightly reduced the risk of cancer, but didn't check for the real cancer-causing gene like BRCA1, "you get a potentially dangerously misleading answer."

What a difference 10 months makes........

I am certian testing for
limited amounts of mutations is probably just as confusing.....

From 23andMe

BRCA Cancer Mutations (Selected)

Breast/Ovarian Cancer is one of the diseases that 23andMe analyzes. Our service includes the following information:

  • Whether or not you are a carrier for Breast/Ovarian Cancer.
  • Information on SNPs i4000377, i4000378, i4000379, markers that influence your carrier status for Breast/Ovarian Cancer.
  • A look at how Breast/Ovarian Cancer works, and a list of counselors, links and support groups for BRCA Cancer Mutations (Selected) in your area.

Carrier for Breast?Ovarian Cancer???? What kind of language is that? One thing is for sure "Carrier for Breast/Ovarian Cancer" sounds an awful lot like genetic risk for breast cancer carrier.......otherwise known as a medical diagnosis code V84.01

It depends on what the meaning of the word "IS" is

Shameful doubletalk........

The Sherpa Says: Russ, in what world is this something worthy of your support?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could make a posting for what life is like for a clinical genecist? After medical school, what would be some good residency options, fellowship options, certification options (molecular genetic pathology, medical biochemical genetics, etc), average work hours, etc?

Can a person become certified in molecular genetic pathology and medical biochemical genetics?