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GAO Report Discredits Home Genetic Test Kits

Yesterday, Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei of geneticsandhealth.com reviewed a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to the Senate that over the counter home genetics tests are fraudulent and misleading, specifically discrediting the products of Suracell, Genelex, and Sciona.

“This industry represents a fraudulent mutation of that promise,” says Gordon Smith, R-Ore., chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Smith, who called for the study, said consumers should visit their doctors for tests if they are concerned about particular diseases.

In an age where we hope to ensure our own privacy by doing our pregnancy and HIV tests at home, the technology behind these genetic test kits are obviously not quite ready yet. I hope that public backlash against these frauds doesn't taint future tests that could be more promising.

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