First Direct-to-Customer Genetic Risk Test Approved by FDA

Ever since the dawn of mankind, our genes have undergone more and more mutations. Many of these mutations have no effect on us while others may change our appearance in some form or another, but some mutations are harmful and can lead to a number of health problems. Now that the human genome has been unlocked, one company has passed FDA approval in providing the first direct-to-customer genetic risk test.

Unlocking the marvelous world of genetics has made a huge difference in our lives. Over a decade ago, DNA evidence began to find its way into hundreds of court cases. Eye witness accounts have been proven to be inaccurate and has led to the wrongful conviction of innocent people.

In today’s courts, jurors want to know about DNA evidence, as it doesn’t lie, except in the case of identical twins, triplets, quads and quintuplets. People are often amazed at where forensic experts find DNA left behind by a criminal. It can be found on the back of a licked stamp or envelope flap, the brim of a cup and even from outside of a cigarette butt.

As scientists learned more about the human genome and began detailed sequencing, they learned to identify some mutations that eit30her cause a health condition or leaves someone more susceptible to developing other medical and health-related conditions.

The 23andMe Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk test is easy to take. Once returned to the company, your DNA is tested for 10 diseases or conditions that are genetically caused including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The test doesn’t indicate that you will get these conditions, only whether or not you carry the mutations that make you more susceptible to getting them.

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