Friday, July 23, 2010

Proposed Government Regulation

DNA testing as we know it may soon become extinct.

Meetings in Washington, D.C. this week appear to have ended on a sour note for those of us who are interested in learning about our genome and what it can tell us. The FDA seems intent upon regulation that will eliminate direct-to-consumer testing and instead force all of us to have only doctor-ordered tests and interpretation. The added cost is likely to be prohibitive and will certainly delay the advent of true "personalized medicine" by many years.

While the current focus is on health-related tests and information, there is no reason to believe it will not extend into genealogical testing as well. No one objects to improving laboratory standards; our objection is to intervention that impedes access to information about our own bodies.

For more information, please see Megan Smolenyak's article and the ISOGG response at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-smolenyak-smolenyak/dont-protect-us-from-our_b_653474.html and http://scienceblogs.com/geneticfuture/. If you agree, please sign the petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/mydna.

Understanding your DNA Test Results

For an excellent discussion, visit http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/mydna.