Please note the updates to this article below. Revised 12 December, 2013 and 26 November 2013.
DNA news today, 12 December 2013 -. Roberta Estes is now “sounding the alarm”. In her latest article, 23andMe Pulls Affiliate Marketing Program, she is saying that those of us who are 23andMe customers should be copying our “health results, downloading files and contacting your matches to be sure they have your e-mail”. I certainly hope that 23andMe will come out a stronger company – I can’t imagine the genetic genealogy world without them – but save your data.
DNA news today, 25 November 2013 – the United States of America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered 23andMe to stop marketing their Personal Genome Service “until such time as it receives FDA marketing authorization for the device”. For more about this, see Roberta Estes post at DNAeXplained which includes a copy of the FDA letter from which the above quote is taken. Note that 23andMe has been ordered only to stop marketing. 23andMe recently launched a television advertising series which emphasizes only the medical related aspects of their testing. Perhaps this put a spotlight on the apparently protraced discussions between 23andMe and the FDA?
I recently had a conversation with another BCGS member about a genetic family medical story which we thought would make a good topic for a DNA group meeting. I know there are other members who are interested in genetic family health history, so watch for a meeting notice early in the new year.
Update – 26 November 2013
Roberta Estes has a new article, “Now What? – 23andMe and the FDA” at her DNAeXplained blog with views and advice too about downloading and printing genealogy and health reports – a wise move in any case, I think, and about ensuring contact with those new found, previously long lost cousins.