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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Regulating Genetic Testing

Although there are around a thousand genetic diagnostic tests available in the U.S., only six are approved by the FDA. So if you want to know if you have a gene for susceptibility to a bacteria living in hot-tubs you can submit your genetic material to any one of a number of labs and have them run a test. Of course there's no guarantee of the results, either that the genes tested for are markers to indicate susceptibility or the algorithms matching the expression profiles to susceptibility are correct. Even after testing negative for the genes you may still get the dreaded hot-tub bug. For this reason, the FDA has recently announced that it will begin the public comment period regarding genetic tests. David Ewing Duncan has written an article in Technology Review on this impending arrival of personalized medicine.

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