123 and FDA

Analytics. Information. Regulation.

Apparently, providing a chemical analysis of your spit is regulated by the FDA.

I remember holisitic hair analysis thirty years ago.  They took a hair sample and burned it, reading the chromatics of the flame to tell you what was in your hair.  Can’t remember whether it was real science.

But 123andMe made a pretty good business of offering to do a DNA analysis of your saliva.  Built a huge DNA data base, and helped people trace their ancestors and identify possible predisposition to certain illnesses.  Sort of an early warning system.

Whose information is it, anyway? And what’s the bigger risk, false positives or false negatives? Or is protecting people from potentially incorrect information within the agency’s charter?

“Gene Startup Ordered To Cease Marketing,” Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2013 A1 http://on.wsj.com/17VVytk

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