Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: personal genomics

What Five FDA Letters Mean for the Future of DTC Genetic Testing

The FDA has published online letters sent to five personal genomics companies – 23andMe, Navigenics, deCODE Genetics, Knome and Illumina – informing the companies that they are manufacturing and selling medical devices without appropriate FDA premarket review and approval. No surprise that the news that the FDA has sent out letters to some of the […]

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 […]

Past, Present and Future of Genomes, Environments and Traits: 140 Characters at a Time

The first annual Genomes, Environments, Traits (GET) Conference took place yesterday. The GET Conference was an incredible success, with panels, breakout sessions and presentations from all manner of genomic pioneers and futurists, as well as a tremendous audience, both in person and online. In the next few days I’ll share a few thoughts about what […]

Choosing to use genetic testing is an option. Ignorance isn’t.

Last week I posted a response to a column in the Sunday Times by Camilla Long, “Long’s Op-Ed on Personal Genomics Comes Up Short.” Readers of that piece may be interested in a further response (“Choosing to use genetic testing is an option. Ignorance isn’t“), which I wrote with Daniel MacArthur of Genetic Future, published today […]

The New York Times vs. Personal Genomics: Much Ado About Not Very Much

Earlier this month, there was speculation that The New York Times was preparing a piece “attacking” the “fledgling industry” of personal genomics (see: Linda Avey Versus the New York Times). The article in question, by reporter Andrew Pollack, was published over the weekend and, in retrospect, it’s hard to see what all the hubbub was about. […]

Long’s Op-Ed on Personal Genomics Comes Up Short

In an editorial in the Time’s of London’s Sunday edition – “When DNA means do not ask” – columnist Camilla Long took note of Glenn Close’s decision to sequence her genome. Long’s column begins with gossipy comments appropriate to her usual home turf (which is not science journalism). But she soon gets into territory clearly […]

Why the State of Personal Genomics is Not as Dire as You Think

Another Tale of the Struggle of Personal Genomics, Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying…What? After a while, the personal genomics news cycle can begin to feel predictable. Recently, and not for the first time, there have been rumblings that personal genomics pioneer 23andMe is struggling. The most recent “news” appears to be a December SEC […]

Personal Genomics in the News: Desmond Tutu and the GET Conference

It’s been a busy twenty-four hours in the world of personal genomics. Yesterday, as announced in the journal Nature, the number of individuals who have had their genomes sequenced and made publicly available increased by two. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and !Gubi, a tribal elder from a Bushman (or Khoisan) community in Namibia, joined the ranks […]

Personal Genomics: A Participatory Activity

Last week the GLR covered deCODEme’s announcement that it was offering existing customers of its main competitor, 23andMe, the opportunity to have their genomic data interpreted by deCODEme’s own service. For free. Although somewhat surprising from a short-term commercial perspective, I generally liked the move by deCODE as a means to improve the company’s genomic […]

CSHL and a Brief Survey on Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Diseases

As many readers are probably aware, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is presenting its second meeting on Personal Genomes next week. Freelance science writer and blogger Ginny Hughes will be speaking about the science and attitudes of genetic testing for psychiatric diseases. She’s prepared a very short survey on the topic so please help her out with a […]