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Comment: Re:good riddance (Score 1) 146

by SchroedingersCat (#45625087) Attached to: After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information

FDA is fighting a fight it already lost. Just another outdated business model fighting something it struggles to embrace. Just like music industry was fighting Napster. Just like US government was fighting for encryption export controls. The information is out there. opensnp, promethease, even google. Anyone can connect the dots and they technically don't need 23andMe to do that. 23andMe makes it easier to consume that information but it is just a messenger.

You say that "false positives" are catastrophic. I doubt that a woman would perform a double mastectomy on itself. She would get second or third opinion from doctors and surgeons. Consider the alternative for a second - what if a women never learned about this risk and died of cancer a few years later.

Consumers will get the information they need one way or another. There is nothing FDA can do to stop it. Tests can be done offshore if needed. The beauty about genetic tests is that you only need to do it once in your lifetime.

+ - Personal Genomics Firm 23andMe Patents Designer Baby System

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An anonymous reader writes "Consumer genomics company 23andMe has developed a system for helping prospective parents choose the traits of their offspring, from disease risk to hair color. The patent — number 8543339, “Gamete donor selection based on genetic calculations” — describes a technology that would take a customer’s preferences for a child’s traits, compute the likely genomic outcomes of combinations between a customer’s sperm or egg and other people’s sex cells, and describe which potential reproductive matches would most likely produce the desired baby."

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