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