Book Burning!! Not In America??

Hey, that would be contrary to the first amendment, and we don’t do that here. This is The United States of America!

True. Well, Sorta True…

The government’s NCBI ClinVar database lists 49,047 genetic variations that are pathogenic to humans. (pathogenic means causing disease or capable of causing disease).

Here is a headline from a FDA Press Release April 6, 2017:

FDA allows marketing of first direct-to-consumer tests that provide genetic risk information for certain conditions
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of 23andMe Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk (GHR) tests for 10 diseases or conditions.

And in case you were thinking that 49,047 genetic variants could somehow only equal 10 diseases worth knowing about, another FDA Press Release from March 6, 2018:

FDA authorizes, with special controls, direct-to-consumer test that reports three mutations in the BRCA breast cancer genes
Test only reports 3 out of more than 1,000 known BRCA mutations and negative result doesn’t rule out increased cancer risk

Please read the sentence above one more time. No one is burning books here. They just are NOT ALLOWED TO BE WRITTEN – if those books are about YOU. Note: this isn’t an injection we are talking about – it’s information

 

References:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/variation/view
https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm551185.htm
https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm599560.htm

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