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November 10, 2017

You Can Get Your DNA Tested At An NFL Game. Should You?

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Industry
  • Genetics/Genomics

NPR – Depending on whom you ask, finding out whether your genes make you a better athlete or give you healthier skin may be as easy as swabbing your cheeks for a DNA test on your way into a football game. But others say these "wellness" tests marketed directly to consumers are modern snake oil — worthless, or even misleading.

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration gave a boost to direct-to-consumer genetic testing when it announced plans to streamline its approval process.

"These tests can prompt consumers to be more engaged in pursuing the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices and more aware of their health risks," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. 

Read more at NPR.

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