Author: Labria “BB” Young
Genetic testing is a very useful tool that the world has been given to help people of the various life changing genetic diseases that have been passed down through their genes. But is it safe for us to give this information to people who have no medical knowledge of the results that are displayed. There are some who are skeptical about these test and the information it holds. What especially makes them raise suspton is most companies aren’t giving their patients any type of support; such as a medical advisor, counselor. This data does not show a hundred percent accuracy and can be easily misinterpreted if not explained to them in depth.
Today, We have many different types of testing that can be done to find many different things in a persons genetic future, such as simple diagnostic testing for soon to be parents testing to find out the possible future for your child. Many who do take these test are prone to do very drastic things in order to stop the more harsh genes from being passed onto another generation or even have to suffer with knowing that they’ll develop a serious life changing disease; But these could test save lives. One story was shared about a woman scared for her baby’s life of developing a kidney disease/problem, whereas another helped take the worry of another woman who had a long line of various cancers on her father’s side and slight regret of not getting these test sooner
But the question still stands if these test are accurate. That is one of the reasons the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has fought Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avery’s program, 23andMe for not giving them proof that the saliva DNA test show 100% accuracy. The FDA have been going back and forth with this company as well as sending out a public warning Wojcicki to either show proof or discontinue these test. The similar thing may have happened to (there is another testing site that took itself down and discounted services i need to go back through my notes and find it)
The mission statement for 23andMe is short, sweet and simple; “To be the world’s most trusted source of personal genetic information” doesn’t sound too comforting. It seems that they want to get more money and more traffic for the company. Its not enough for them to be satisfied with the cost of $99 for their home salvia kits.
So why invest so much into these test from various private companies that just want to take money with a system filled with various inaccuracies. Not to mention one fighting with the FDA. Ultimately, its always up to the test taker to choose their future for themselves, their family, and possibly the life of another.