Slashdot was founded on the unfounded speculations from random blogs.
It is one of the oldest ploys in the book.
You never suspect the genius when he acts like a buffoon.
A quick googling pulled up this.
If you don't have any medical issues why are you trying to figure out if you have problems on your own?
Also, here is what I think: You dont know what you are talking about, at all, but clearly you think that you do. Take the time to find out why you don't, rather than the time to spread complete crap all over the internet
Why do you think that accuracy is going to cost more?
And what is the reason you are not going to a doctor to be checked out in the first place?
What I understood from reading his comment was that he wanted to be very DIY when it came to his healthcare.
Yes, the service only diagnoses problems, but considering he was talking about removing doctors and everyone else with an education from his medical care I wanted to know how far he was willing to go.
How did you deduce that, considering OP said "It is not like 23 and me are going to destroy traditional medicine?"
Um, from this.
Off the top of my head the layers cut out would include: Doctors, HMOs, Lab techs, companies that distribute the tests, the companies that make the tests, and most importantly the various government departments that deal with all these people
Sounds to me like he is a very DIY kind of guy when it comes to his health. Doesn't want any of that nasty regulation getting in his way.
Was his point that the FDA should be called the FDA and everything else that involves medicine?
This is in their jurisdiction, just because the name is the Food and Drug Administration, that doesn't mean that they only handle Food and Drugs.
Trust, but verify.
Wow, so if you got the test results back and it said you had dick cancer, would you just be hacking it off yourself or would you be going to a doctor to have your dick removed?
A doctor does more than just prescribe drugs, they also diagnose illnesses. People could die from a misdiagnoses.
If I tell you that you have prostate cancer and you have your prostate removed and then you find out I was wrong, wouldn't you be a bit upset?
And you are apparently perfectly ok with the possibility that they could be completely wrong.
Nobody is saying that inexpensive dna testing is bad, just that the process needs to be verified that it works before it should be sold to the individual.
Yes, that was my first thought when reading the article.
And since you did not provide a link here is one for people wondering what we are talking about.
Ahh, yes, now that I listen to Lenny I see that it would be effective.
I was expecting something that was just straight annoying.