23andMe Sell Genetic Test
For the first time in United States the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows the company 23andMe to sell genetic test directly to the public. The Ancestry and Health test is sold for $199 and will allow the customer to know which mutation increases their risk for certain diseases. The test is made simple for the customer, they just spit into a tube and mail it away. 23andMe will extract the DNA from saliva cells and find genetic markers using a special chip for genotyping. The customers will receive the results within 6-8 weeks with 10 common diseases and the information educating them. Some disease indicators tested are celiac disease, Gaucher disease type 1 and factor XI deficiency.
I think this can reduce the costs of health care because you no longer have to see your primary doctor which in turn will refer you to genetic doctor. It’s a time and money saving approach. Although as convenient as it seems it might cause some people to get upset or overreact. They might think that just because the have a genetic indicator they WILL have the disease.