Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: DTC genomics

What Happens if a DTC Genomics Company Goes Belly Up?

The following post was originally published in three parts on September 14, 15 and 16 in Genetic Future. Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genomics companies are not immune to the current recession. When TruGenetics, a new player in the DTC genomics space, announced in June that it would be handing out 10,000 free genome scans, both Genetic Future […]

Will Funding Break Through the Bioinformatics Bottleneck?

Earlier this month, the NIH announced the renewal of a grant program that awards up to $275,000 over two years to academic institutes, small businesses, non-profits and other groups, to support research aimed at developing new ways of managing, manipulating and interpreting genomic and other biological data. But the utility and necessity of such grants […]

Informed Consent for Pediatric Biobanking

What rules should govern the participation of children in large-scale genomic biobanking research? That’s the question that David Gurwitz, Isabel Fortier, Jeantine E. Lunshof and Bartha Maria Knoppers tackle in a policy forum piece in the current issue of Science. The Importance of Open Consent In considering the use of DNA samples and phenotypic data […]

Regulating Advertising Practices of DTC Genetic Testing Companies?

The Genetics & Public Policy Center (GPPC) has commissioned a 50 state survey of “laws that could potentially be used to protect consumers against unfair or deceptive trade practices by DTC genetic testing companies.”  You can see the full survey here (pdf) or you can jump directly to the conclusion: “The survey reveals that while all […]

Genomics and Personalized Medicine: Facts, Fiction, Future?

Over the weekend I took part in the 13th Conference on Genetics & Ethics in the 21st Century in Breckenridge, CO. The theme was “Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Facts, Fiction, Future?” Although the altitude (Breckenridge is at 9,600 ft) posed a problem for several participants, the conference otherwise went off without a hitch. The program […]