GAO: Genetic tests bought on-line often misleading

July 31, 2006

The Government Accountability Office has found that four genetic tests purchased from four Web sites mislead consumers by making predictions that are medically unproven and so ambiguous that they do not provide meaningful information to consumers. GAO purchased tests from four Web sites and created fictitious consumers by submitting for analysis 12 DNA samples from a female and two samples from an unrelated male.

GAO: Genetic tests bought on-line often misleading

The Government Accountability Office has found that four genetic tests purchased from four Web sites mislead consumers by making predictions that are medically unproven and so ambiguous that they do not provide meaningful information to consumers. GAO purchased tests from four Web sites and created fictitious consumers by submitting for analysis 12 DNA samples from a female and two samples from an unrelated male. Although there are numerous disclaimers indicating that the tests are not intended to diagnose disease, all 14 results predicted that the fictitious consumers are at risk for developing a range of conditions.

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