23andMe debacle: Government wants to protect you from your own genome

Did you know that you cannot be trusted with knowledge of your own genetic background? That’s what the Food and Drug Administration decreed late last month when it ordered 23andMe to stop marketing its “Personal Genome Service.”

The FDA does not claim that 23andMe is a scam or could cause direct injury. Instead, its concern is that people using the genome service “may begin to self-manage their treatments.” Essentially, the agency wants to “protect” patients from knowing about their own health.

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