Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: DTC testing

Mapping the Personal Genomics Landscape

Last week saw the first annual Genomes, Environments, Traits (GET) Conference, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Timed to coincide with DNA Day 2010, the conference marked one decade since the publication of the draft consensus human genome sequence. The GET Conference was billed as “the last chance in history to collect everyone with a personal genome sequence […]

Is deCODEme Taking a Page from the 23andMe Playbook?

Daniel MacArthur of Genetic Future provides coverage of the decision by direct-to-consumer (DTC) genomics service provider deCODEme to offer existing 23andMe customers the ability to upload their raw 23andMe data to the deCODEme service. For free. MacArthur correctly notes that the value of the genome scans provided by companies such as 23andMe and deCODEme lies […]

A Fundamental Right to Genetic Information (Now More Expensive Than Before)

This is the second of four related posts analyzing 23andMe’s decision to separate its health and ancestry DTC genetic testing services. For more please see 23andMe’s New Game Plan: What it Means for the Company and for DTC Genetic Testing, The Open Secret of DTC Medical Genetic Testing and DTC Genomic Research: Revolution or Minor […]

The Open Secret of DTC Medical Genetic Testing

This is the third of four related posts analyzing 23andMe’s decision to separate its health and ancestry DTC genetic testing services. For more please see 23andMe’s New Game Plan: What it Means for the Company and for DTC Genetic Testing, A Fundamental Right to Genetic Information (Now More Expensive Than Before) and DTC Genomic Research: […]

U.K. Human Genetics Commission Proposes Principles for DTC Genetic Testing Services

Last month, the Human Genetics Commission, the U.K. government’s genetics advisory body, issued for public comment a “Common Framework of Principles” for direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing services. The Principles are derived from earlier reports by the Commission (Genes Direct (2003) (pdf) and More Genes Direct (2007) (pdf)) and seek to: …promote high standards and consistency in the […]

The Importance of Balance in Evaluating DTC Genomics

Earlier this week the New York Times published a generally alarmist and one-sided piece (“Buyer Beware of Home DNA Tests”) advising consumers to steer clear of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing and genomic services providers. The Times piece advises consumers to opt instead for a certified medical geneticist or genetic counselor even as it acknowledges, in […]

Genetic Exceptionalism and Paternalism Themes in new German Legislation

In April, the German Parliament approved the Human Genetic Examination Act. An English translation of the Act (pdf), which appears likely to be enacted, was recently posted to EuroGentest. (Special thanks to the PHG Foundation for locating the translation.) The Act is a clear example of what is known as “genetic exceptionalism”—the belief that genetic […]