Future stop: California health officials against personal genetics risk-takers

It’s official: The California Department of Public Health wants practicing physicians (many of them prehistorically, sorry, traditionally trained) to be the patres familias in issues between personal genetic test takers and direct-to-consumer personal genetic testing start-ups while declining the test takers’ right to get familiar with their own genetic makeup and risks by their own.
Calif. cracks down on 13 genetic testing startups

California health regulators have demanded that 13 direct-to-consumer genetic testing startups halt sales in the state until they prove they meet state standards. All the companies have two weeks to demonstrate to regulators that their laboratories are certified by the state and federal governments, said department spokeswoman Lea Brooks. The startups also must show the tests they are selling California residents have been ordered by a doctor as required by state law.

I give you trusted links instead of complicating your day with my own opinion:

California challenges genetic testing firms’ claims

Attention, California Health Dept.: My DNA Is My Data

Regulators, Genetic Testing Companies Begin Face Off

California Pushes Back on DNA Testing

The right to get yourself genotyped

9 thoughts on “Future stop: California health officials against personal genetics risk-takers

  1. Thx, very interesting thread.

    Stephe Murphy says:
    “As I sit in the Union League, preparing for the ICOB meeting at the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative……I have now seen the arrogance with which these companies were launched. Your arrogance and sneering down the nose at physicians is precisely why you WILL be regulated.

    I am deeply saddened that you think so little of people who have a doctorate degree in something that you do not have.

    “23andME and these other *dedicated* services do a much better job of explaining genetics – especially on a genomic scale – to people than doctors, who are only really comfortable prescribing antibiotics.”

    Ouch….this is obviously why you feel the way you do. You would have no idea what a physician is comfortable doing. I am not saying they are perfect, but they are easier to educate than the public. That being said, we need to educate both. I think you have given me great fodder to post on tomorrow. Thank you
    and another comment by Sherpa…..
    “I don’t mean to be arrogant. I just get frustrated with the whole DIY gang!. I went to medical school for an extra 4 years and then on to residency for 5.”

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