US Regulators Trying to Tame ‘Wild West’ of DNA Testing

February 23, 2015

(Nature) – Genetic testing has entered a new realm, with the ability to read a person’s genetic code and predict how it will affect his or her health. But US regulators are struggling to work out how the tests should be governed, with a particular sticking point being who decides what the genetic read-outs mean in terms of health and disease. So far, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved genetic tests only for specific conditions.

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