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July 27th, 2010
02:15 PM ET

'No scientific basis' seen for at-home DNA tests

If you've considered purchasing one of the many products allowing you to perform at-home, personalized genetics tests, a new government report says, don't waste your money.

According to an undercover investigation conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, consumers may fall victim to deceptive marketing and should be wary of products claiming to create personalized supplements, cure disease, and repair damaged DNA. "There is no scientific basis for such claims," the report says.

“It's about time," says bioethicist, Art Caplan, an expert in the field. He says the research just hasn’t supported the use of the tests, and that the biggest surprise is how long it took the government to address what he calls "highly advertised genetic scamming."

In a recent blog post, Caplan says, "the government has a proper role to play in making sure that sleazy operators and aggressive entrepreneurs are not simply separating you from your saliva for a handsome fee," and that government is finally catching up with the research.

The GAO report compared results for 15 diseases – including, Alzheimer's, breast cancer, celiac disease and hypertension – and say the results of the tests were often "misleading and of no practical use to consumers." Among the flaws: Results for one patient could vary widely from one test to the next, predictions sometimes contradicted the patient's real-life diagnoses, and follow-up consultations provided very little guidance or next steps.

Although experts believe the science behind the tests shows great promise for the future, one GAO expert stated, "We are nowhere near really being able to interpret [such tests]."   Caplan agrees. "The genetic revolution has arrived, but it is not ready to take its place as a home DNA test kit next to the pregnancy test in your drug store," he wrote.

The GAO report comes at the heels of a June 14 warning the Food & Drug Administration issued to several manufacturers of laboratory-to-consumer genetic tests that the products cannot be marketed without FDA approval. For more information, here are 3 questions experts say you should ask yourself before choosing to undergo a personalized genetic test.


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  1. Nathan C

    This article is BS. I have used the 23andme service. The answers I got from it were very accurate. Some answers were not that accurate, but generally those studies come with a warning saying as much.

    July 27, 2010 at 22:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marcia Rubenstein

      Sadly, this report is very one-sided. I watched the entire hearing on Thursday, and the House panel had some very important questions and concerns, but I also think that the answering panel had more good points. My whole family and I have been tested by 23andMe. We are all satisfied with the results, and each of us will consult our personal physicians to further clarify the results, and perhaps, to take appropriate actions as advised....or not.

      July 27, 2010 at 23:10 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Let's see, take a sample. Mail it out, while it is degrading and probably rotting as well.
      Sample is "analyzed" and reports you are a bacteria...
      That's WHY they have medical labs and doctors offices. Where STERILE samples are sent to a lab in STERILE condition AND the lab happens to be a BIT closer monitored.
      But, feel free to send your samples out in the mail. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised to get a genetic report from some of these mail order companies, after I send in a drosophila sample, to tell me about my propensity for high cholesterol and high blood pressure...
      And for those who don't know what drosophila is, it's a fully documented (genetically) fruit fly.

      July 27, 2010 at 23:34 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      This sounds like BS to me too.

      July 28, 2010 at 01:11 | Report abuse |
    • DrGene

      Wzrd1, your ignorance is astounding. You should spring for a genotyping test and send in Drosophila DNA. The test will fail and be reported as such. Or you could just send me the money and save yourself the trouble.

      July 28, 2010 at 01:38 | Report abuse |
    • Shane Snyder

      This article was horrible. The spin was incredible. Obviously the author is in bed with drug companies. I've been studying nutrition for 25 years, and genetics for 15 years. The drug company's are a force that has trillions of dollars of power. They will say anything, do anything, and spend millions on fake blogs, whatever, to send misinformation, or cause skepticism in anyone's eyes about Genetic testing.

      I got involved with a company that assesses "actionable," SNPs in their panel, from a swab of your cheek. While 23 & Me is awesome information, most of it you worry about, and can't do much about. Genewize, assesses "actionable," SNPs. Its a service. They then match up your SNPs, if you have them, with the nutrition, research has shown, mitigate, or counterbalance the SNP, or riskfactor. For example, if you have the APOB SNP, you most likely will have high LDL produced, which is not good. They will give you ingredients like Resveratrol, green Tea, Artichoke, which all lower LDL, however, if you have the PON-1 SNP, research has shown those with this SNP, have low HDL, so Genewize will give youa mushroom blend, which has shown in research to raise HDL. This is all common sense.

      Now, what this article would say, is, don't trust your genes.... don't trust research... Don't trust nutrition. This is all bogus. Now like the other guy said in his post, Genewize doesn't make any product claims, or promise anything.... All they say is, you have this gene. Research has shown this gene does this in research. And other research says this specific nutrition, helps mitigate this this particular biochemical pathway, put off balance by this SNP. Genewize simply uses your DNA as the guide, for what nutrition you need the most according to research.

      What this article would say,,, don't do anything. Don't trust anyone, or anything! This is a waste of your time! Just wait until you get high cholesterol, and go to your doctor, and have him prescribe some medication for you! Some drugs! Bye the way, most drugs get approved, with .05% effectiveness. Nutrition, vitamins, herbs, minerals, have 20- 75% effectiveness. And the FDA doesn't approve vitamins. They are the Federal DRUG agency.

      So I highly recommend genetic testing. It is 100% accurate. I've seen some folks do it twice under different names, and the results came back exactly the same! I've seen folks LDL lowered, HDL raised, Glucose lowered, blood pressure lowered, Epoxides lowered. Nutrition works my friends. Doing DNA testing, to see what kind of nutrition you should be focused on also works. Does it work with everyone? No. Some people forget to take their supplements, just like those who forget to take their drugs. But "Google," Resveratrol. "Google," artichoke. "Google," Hawthore berry. I know of over 200 natural ingredients that all do different things. If you know you have a particular risk factor, wouldn't you want the nutrition in your research says helps you with that area of vunerability? Or you just want to wait for the day, you need drugs? Your choice. An OUnce of Prevention is worth a pound of Cure. This article was ridiculous. ww.mygenewize.com/ace shaneacesnyder@aol.com

      July 28, 2010 at 03:31 | Report abuse |
    • THE FDA LIES

      OF COURSE THEY ARE GOING TO SAY THAT!

      The Drug companies do not want to lose a single DIME to anyone else so they will pay top dollar to skew test results and mostly flat out LIE to say something is inaccurate. DO NOT BELIEVE A WORD THIS ARTICLE SAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 28, 2010 at 12:33 | Report abuse |
  2. Dr Bill Toth

    as always "Buyer Beware"...even when it comes to the advice from the FDA...they still tell us aspartame, tylenol and more are "safe". Every person is an "experiment of one", nobody knows the condition as well as the patient and your doctor(s) are coaches and advisors.

    July 27, 2010 at 22:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stanley

      Tylenol IS safe. As long you frickin follow the instructions and don't eat it like candy.

      July 27, 2010 at 23:07 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Stanley, really? With EVERY patient, every time?
      Just use as directed and you're OK? No need to check with your doctor?
      WRONG!
      If you have ANYTHING wrong with your liver, you might not have a liver after even a single dose.
      Certain genetic propensities also can cause liver failure when that person takes acetaminophen.
      That's why you need to check with your doctor.
      Acetaminophen is the most hepatotoxic (liver killing) over the counter drug out there. AND it has the lowest safety margin.
      Try learning the FACTS before you spout off what you "know".

      July 27, 2010 at 23:30 | Report abuse |
  3. Karen Hargis

    Well then, what about DNA for ancestory? FGMAB! Whose profeiting off this, another game in cat eats mouse. Go America-we are all fools

    July 27, 2010 at 23:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jaydub

    Just another way for someone to get rich off of "we the people" being gullible.

    July 27, 2010 at 23:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Karen Hargis

    Science and medicine; really is it an exact sience, really? Not every existing person treated for illness will respond to the therapy or experiment within the same response. Either you live with the benefit/sequella/demise, cannot be determined from a few studies and a placebo. How rotten is our society to be so focused on preservation of life rather than the quality of life. Shame Shame Go to Hell

    July 27, 2010 at 23:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DrGene

      Huh Karen? What? Then you should probably hide in a cave. The future of medicine is based precisely on determining who is likely to respond to treatment and who is not. I, for one, welcome that level of information. It allows patients to make informed decisions about their own treatment.

      July 28, 2010 at 01:41 | Report abuse |
  6. Patriot in West (by God) Virginia

    A fool and his will part ways!!!

    July 27, 2010 at 23:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Patriot in West (by God) Virginia

    correction: A fool and his money will part ways!!!!
    sorry

    July 27, 2010 at 23:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • eric

      "a fool and his money are soon parted . . ."

      July 28, 2010 at 01:05 | Report abuse |
  8. openyourmind

    A dab of prevention is worth a ton of cure. I think everyone should be genetically profiled the day they are born, and should have access to that information like any other medical records. We do so much testing during our lives already, there is nothing wrong with preventative genetic screening. If I was even thinking about having children with anyone, I would definitely want them to be fully genetically screened first. It just makes sense to know what your options are and maybe even considering adoption instead.

    July 27, 2010 at 23:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • THE FDA LIES

      The point is that they they dont WANT people to learn about their health. American medicine is all about treating you with multiple medicines AFTER the fact. There is nothing to be gained by the evil drug industry for PREVENTATIVE!!

      July 28, 2010 at 12:38 | Report abuse |
  9. Atom Head

    A DNA is like a reversed 2 vains like in the movie Spider Man!

    July 28, 2010 at 00:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. redplanet

    What a fraudulent and abusive thing our government is doing. They are lying and conning the population so the people cannot be in control of their own DNA and information. I am disgusted with the GAO and the FDA. They are ignorant. The results from 23andme are just information – no one is telling you that you have to see a doctor now or you will die of something.

    If you have a gene suggestive of something, be proactive and stop, say, smoking. You don't need a doctor to tell you that. This is only information – get on to google scholar and look it up for gods sake.

    People – get on to 23andme web site and see the blog, the research, the high level of information. The government only wishes it had the same calibre of scientific information. Highly trained geneticists are behind all the information as well as researchers from many places.

    BTW, the sample is sent in am approved solution that keeps it from degrading even with heat. The labs are certified. You people who don't know what you are talking about are conning people with your ignorance. It isn't ethical to speak when you haven't done your homework.

    July 28, 2010 at 00:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. vkraman

    read the research of interleukin Genetics at ilgenetics.com

    July 28, 2010 at 00:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Greg Alexander

    The comments here show a hillarious pattern. Nowhere in the article does it mention "23andme" by name, and only 3 of the commenters so far mention it by name: Nathan C, Marcia Rubenstein, redplanet. Carefully read those 3. Go look up the word "astroturfing."

    Those 3 "people" are transparent industry plants. As I read the article, I wasn't sure what company's abusive practices had earned the government's ire. But now I know: 23andme is run by the sort of people who would post fake comments on CNN to try to put spin on a critical article. That's pathetic. The biggest evidence for fraud you'd ever need is right here in this comments section. Way to out yourselves, 23andme!

    But I'd like to recap this statement from the article: "Results for one patient could vary widely from one test to the next." Is this from contamination or from blatant fraud? The answer is: it doesn't matter. One way or the other, the company the government tested would say that someone has Alzheimer's risk factor one day and doesn't the next. That means the test is worthless. We'd still be wondering which company they were complaining about if 23andme hadn't bothered to jump out and take credit in this here comments section.

    July 28, 2010 at 00:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ann

      Yep Greg, because every person that posts in favor of a company must be paid by said company. Did you know that aliens are out to get you and the government is tapping your phone? Better lock yourself in your house and unhook all of your electronics.

      July 28, 2010 at 01:07 | Report abuse |
    • DrGene

      Greg, you must have missed the hearings. 23andme was a main target, lumped together with quacks and shucksters, despite a scientifically sound and entirely useful and informative platform.

      July 28, 2010 at 01:44 | Report abuse |
    • redplanet

      23andme: Greg thinks I work for you. Can I? Please? I wanna astroturf! (I just looked it up on wikipedia...thanks, Greg, for introducing me to this concept.)

      I'm not a plant. I'm a paying customer of an ethical company that does high quality work and I wanted to say so because this article needs a do over. With facts and evidence not conjecture with a bias.

      July 28, 2010 at 04:01 | Report abuse |
    • JeramieH

      "Those 3 "people" are transparent industry plants"

      Funny how anyone with a different opinion must be part of a conspiracy. Because it's simply inconceivable that anyone would have a different opinion.

      July 28, 2010 at 15:26 | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    I recall seeing this stuff brought up somewhere else awhile back, though there it was talking about whether or not the results would be useful when paternity is in question. I remember specifically not caring too much about that, having opted for a more permanent surgical solution to those isues.
    I see folks saying good things about "23andme" and bashing the GAO/FDA for regulating/discouraging these tests. On the other hand some posters are saying that the methodology is crap from the start. I'm hoping that folks on both sides of that particular conflict are considering that not everyone has used the same product/company and 'same product' doesn't necessarily mean 'same quality'.
    Maybe we can turn this discussion into one that adds value to the article: What home tests have you used? What was the method of collection and how useful was the information returned? Would you recommend the service to a friend?

    July 28, 2010 at 00:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Kevin

    I know some the people at these companies. I can not believe that they would be deceptive. Many of these companies the FDA relies on everyday for test results and test kits....HUMMMMMM. Where did you get your money for that Porsche from again?

    July 28, 2010 at 01:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Daniel

    23andMe was founded by someone who was very high up in Affymetrix, a leading biotech company that produces DNA microarrays and gene chips. This technology allows rapid screening of samples and is heavily present in the scientific literature. (ex http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/6605820a.html) As for the person doubting sterility of samples, a saliva sample contains intact cells which will have to be lysed to obtain genomic DNA. Any bacteria in the saliva will be rather static and should not damage the material. Genomic DNA is relatively stable. Also, you would not be confused with bacterial genomic DNA because specific PCR primers for human DNA will likely be implemented to amplify key regions for analysis. Bacterial DNA will not be amplified by human specific primers. I have not used 23andMe, but a friend of mine who is a postdoctoral fellow in one of the most famous chemistry research groups in the United States has, and she was relatively happy with it. If one expects the services of a company to go beyond what science has made possible, then they have foolish expectations and nothing more. The service provides an individual with results against published genetic benchmarks and nothing else. If anyone doubts the methodology behind such companies then they doubt established scientific protocols and may lack a fundamental understanding of molecular biology. What the government is trying to do is prevent such companies from causing people to make falsely informed decisions based on the factual information provided.

    July 28, 2010 at 01:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Jamy

    The tests can vary from company to company based upon the chip used and the genes they will be analyzing. I am with two of the companies and am more than satisfied. This is not pie in the skye information but risks based on your own genes. Most of us get our information based on TV ads or what the latest drug rep pushed on the DR. What is beneficial for one is not good for all. Even the aspirin a day therapy is no good for me and both my daughter and I were amazed to see the result for Ibuprofin vs Tylenol. Tylenol is like nothing to me where Ibuprofin works right away. The autoimmune diseases that run through m family and even my blood type was spot on. This is the way of the future so you make lifestyle changes. For some seeing the condition that you are prone to get will make you seek medical care earlier than you would have. Early prevention means a lot for longevity and controlling a condition. By the way, all results are done in an indecent sterile medical lab..

    July 28, 2010 at 02:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. CeCe Moore

    @Greg A – You couldn't be more mistaken. 23andMe was not accused of any wrongdoing in the GAO report, except advising people to go to their doctor if they have questions about their risk factors. Isn't that just terrible of them? The reason you see people here defending 23andMe is because it has MANY loyal customers who are very happy with their service and don't want access to their genetic information restricted by regulators. 23andMe has proven to those of us who have utilized their services and educated ourselves that they are a legitimate company and should not be lumped in with some of the other less reputable ones that were targeted in the GAO investigation. It is simply naive to think that these politicians are not being guided by special interest groups in this witch hunt.
    And, no, I don't work for them. I am using my full name so you can check.
    CeCe Moore
    http://www.yourgeneticgenealogist.com

    July 28, 2010 at 02:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. CeCe Moore

    Here is 23andMe's response to the GAO's report for anyone who is interested in the truth:
    http://spittoon.23andme.com/2010/07/23/gao-studies-science-non-scientifically/

    July 28, 2010 at 03:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. No its not Quackery

    I have been on 23andme since the early days. It has in no way mis-lead me at any time. It clearly has the goods and the GAO has not the independance to see that. Sure some of the other products on the market may be little mnore than novalty products. But 23andme has been invaluable beyond belief and as one of those males who is retisant about going to a Dr its allowed me to learn more about myself and become more comfortable with talking to others, including my Dr about my health and how I am going to ensure that I have an active 95years on this planet (something the SNP's indicate is more likely) and not be a burden on society in my later years. Forget the oldways, Dr's have not for a long time not always known the what is the best for you nor have or do the Drug comapines any more, the old order will become like Quackery. Do the 23andme Complete lest and learn about who you really are and be a better person for doing it. It was the best thing I have every done to look after my own health.

    July 28, 2010 at 03:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Rachel

    I am not an industry plant. I have no connection with 23andMe except as a customer. But I do happen to be a University academic wih a thorough understanding of the field. That article is a biased exercise in trash journalism.

    Although I am more interested in the excellent ancestry tools I am completely happy with the health information 23 and Me provides, which continues to improve. It is in no way deceptive or false. Just incomplete. But that is loads better than no information at all. Every persom with a family to care for and enough cash should invest in this, if only for peace of mind. Why do some people assume that the general pubic are a bunch of morons without the intelligence to wipe their5 own.... noses. They aren't. You don't need a Uni eduacation to understand this stuff. Just common sense. I would recommend 23 and Me to everyone. Just don't expect magic or a crystal ball.

    Rachel

    July 28, 2010 at 05:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. David Pike

    You make an illogical and ill-informed conclusion. Just because *some* DNA testing services are less-than-reliable does not mean that the whole industry is untrustworthy. You should instead be digging deeper, exposing just who is "sleazy" and contrasting them with the shining stars of high standards. Instead what you are publishing as so-called news is just sensational fear-mongering without any real substance.

    As an analogy, there are some less-than-reputable diploma mill agencies out there, but we don't see you warning people away from pursuing a college education.

    Nor do we see you advocating to have the media industry shut down because of examples of poor journalism such as yours!

    July 28, 2010 at 07:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Dan

    But I think that is just the point the government is trying to make, the predictions these DNA companies provide is based on statistical associations not clinical ones and are incomplete and in most cases preliminary and can at any future time be disproved. For a product to be sold mainstream like Pathway wanted to do in Walgreens, 23andme on Amazon and 'suggest' to be able to predict disease to the mainstream public it should be able to reliably predict a condition. I know these tests come with a disclaimer saying they are not diagnostic, but telling someone that may not be college educated or have an understanding of DNA testing that they have a 50% chance of breast cancer could be very devastating. What if they decide to kill themselves to save themselves the ordeal, and this is not extreme, someone I work with killed themselves last year based on a single diagnosis without a second opinion.

    I don't doubt 23andme's ability to reliably detect a SNP, but very few SNP's alone are pathogenic, all these tests tell you now is you have the SNP ABC, it's found to be at a statistically higher rate in people with Y disease, but half the people with the gene never come down with the disease so it could all be a coincidence, sample bias, or environmental trigger. The fact that a disease can have many snp's associated with it and the same person can both have one that increases and one that decreases risk is evidence this is not ready for mainstream, good as a research tool for those who understand it as such but should not be sold next to paternity tests with marketing that suggests that it predicts disease.

    By the way, I am a customer at 23andme. While they were right on a few things, eye color, blood type, etc. They were wrong in an equal number of things, curly hair, sprinter, lactose intolerance, etc.

    July 28, 2010 at 08:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Sanjosemike

    IF THESE TESTS CAUSE YOU TO MAKE LIFESTYLE CHANGES, THEY MAY BE HELPFUL

    For example, if you learn that you have a "tendency" to develop heart disease or cancer, and change your lifestyle, these tests may have a value. You could become a vegan vegetarian and start an exercise program. You could stop smoking and all tobacco, avoid carcinogens (like barbecued meats), etc. You could cut way down on your saturated fat intake.

    If these tests "spur" you on, shake you up and force you to make changes, they can be very helpful. Some people need an extra-jab to seriously change their lives. These kinds of tests may provide it.

    sanjosemike

    July 28, 2010 at 09:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      But the same could also be said of the opposite. What if these tests tell you that you have a lower chance of heart disease even though you have a family history of it. The average person that has a lot of faith in these DNA tests and were lead by the 'predictive' marketing claims might think they were lucky and didn't inherit the gene for heart disease, not get regular cholesterol checks, and go on to develop heart disease while if they were just looking at family history may have been more proactive and avoided it.

      Taking heart disease as an example, current research suggests that it is a polygenic disease, i.e. caused by the simultaneous presence of multiple genes and thus not inherited in a mendelian pattern and not caused by a single snp. The same is thought of many of the diseases 23andme 'predicts' but yet they don't tell you this in their marketing. They purport to be able to predict disease from your genes, more specifically from a small handful of snp's alone, yet don't tell you that the majority of diseases are thought to be caused by genetic insertions, deletions, duplications, translocations, or be polygenic in nature, I don't think the fact they can't test for them with their microarray and at their current price point is a coincidence, never mind the scores of snp's that are not included in their microarray that could also be used for predictive purposes, apoe4 is one that seems to make news a lot that comes to mind.

      July 28, 2010 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
  24. K.T. Wright

    Dan, I have taken one of these tests which came back with an increased risk for breast cancer. It doesn’t make me want to off myself at all. On the contrary, it has me more diligent to do breast self-exams and get regular mammograms. I do not have a college-degree and I don’t need a degree to comprehend the results. Don’t underestimate us.

    July 28, 2010 at 11:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Dan

    K.T. it was not my intention to link having a degree with understanding DNA tests, for that I apologize and I definitely don't underestimate experience vs education. Plenty of people have degrees and don't seem to be anywhere near competent in their fields. I could have said it better, what I was simply trying to say is the marketing these companies provide suggest they sequence your DNA, yet don't clearly mention they are not in fact sequencing your entire genome. They are only looking at a small fraction of one type of genetic mutation.

    College educated or not, if genetics is not a person's specialty they may not realize how preliminary the results of these tests are and the marketing does seem at face value to steer you away from this fact. Even if 9 out of 10 people take the news of a disease causing gene well, what about the 1 that can't handle the news. What if it's news on a gene you can do nothing about, alzheimers, als, etc. What if the gene later gets disproved as a risk factor, keep in mind some of these researchers that discover these snp associations may have a reason to skew their data set.

    July 28, 2010 at 11:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. McCluck

    With the approach of genome wide association studies, these will be very helpful tests if they can be accurate, precise and helpful. Till then, personalized medicine clinics will be popping up in hospitals all over the country. Want to know which cholesterol drug to take?-lets genotype your cytochrome p450's and tell you. It is exiting, and is something my group has been working to achieve for over a decade now. -Though we focus on snps in genes encoding the proteins involved in drug metabolism rather than genetic predispositions.

    July 28, 2010 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Jamy

    I wanted to add, as a person that belongs to two of the "named" DNA testing companies, I spend more time at 23andme. The reasons are that they add tests and they have they most active international forums.There is no topic too small or too large to take on and that includes if we do not like a test, the snps used or the results. This is a new industry and only a company that understands how the science changes and is willing to change with it will be beneficial for the clients. As far as the results, there seems to be a serious misconception on how the results are given. In 23andme and decode me it shows the average risk that is known for your sex and age. Most tests at this point in the industry had been done on Japanese or Europeans. That is industry wide on genes in general, not public consumption DNA testing labs. I know the two companies I am with are attempting to get more information for other cultures, races etc. That again brings me back to 23andme as they are not charging more money to give more tests and features. They are clearly saying tell us what is not working and we want to see what we can do to make it better, add more and get this to where it benefits any race, nationality and most common and gene with the most accurate result. It would be the worlds greatest understatement that we have vocal and demanding people on both groups. Asking oe even demanding more from 23andme is never even censored. Does this group have a loyal following? You bet. Some of the greatest minds in medicine, science, business and yes even plain people t like me have the same chance to voice, learn and share. I am learning things about my health, my family tree and cultures I was up till now unfamiliar with. ( I have auto-spellcheck Please forgive any words I forgot to proof)

    July 28, 2010 at 13:43 | Report abuse | Reply
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