Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: consumer genetics

Update: FDA Taking Another (Public) Look at DTC Genetic Tests

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests are back on the FDA’s public radar screen. A month from today, the agency’s Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee will meet to “discuss and make recommendations on scientific issues concerning [DTC] genetic tests that make medical claims.” Here is the Federal Register notice (pdf). The […]

A Thanksgiving Tradition: 23andMe Repackages Product, Raises Prices

Last November, just before Thanksgiving, 23andMe, the most popular provider of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing products, announced a new product and pricing model. The company took its most popular product—a $399 all-in-one genotyping service—and split it into two separate products, an “Ancestry Edition” and a “Health Edition.” It also raised prices, with the complete package jumping […]

Consumer Genetics Needs More Transparency, Not Excessive Regulation

Editor’s Note: Daniel MacArthur, a researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK, and the author of Genetic Future, co-wrote this post, which originally appeared in Xconomy. Are you ready for consumer genetics? Is your government? Recent announcements of federal investigations into the budding direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing industry suggest that authorities are […]

What the FCC’s Broadband Report Means for Genomics and Personalized Medicine

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) National Broadband Plan was released to Congress today. (Depending on your perspective, that’s either one day ahead or 30 days behind schedule.) What, you might ask, does a broadband report prepared by an agency better known for handing out fines in the aftermath of wardrobe malfunctions have to say that […]

Betting on the Next 20 Years of Genomic Science

Without a doubt, the Human Genome Project produced some of the most significant advancements in genomic science of the past two decades, from seismic improvements in genomic sequencing technologies to the first ever “map” of the human genome.  In 2000, as the Human Genome Project was marching toward completion, Ewan Birney of the European Bioinformatics […]