Investigators: At-Home DNA Tests “Misleading”

July 28, 2010

Investigators: At-Home DNA Tests “Misleading”

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Contradictory results identified across 15 diseases, including celiac.

<div>Direct-to-consumer genetic tests, including those intended to predict celiac disease risk, have “no practical use to consumers” according to a federal investigation reported by <a href=”http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/27/no-scientific-basis-seen-for-at-home-dna-tests/” target=”_blank”>CNN</a> yesterday.</div> <div> </div> <div>The Government Accountability Office purchased 10 tests from four companies and submitted the tests using DNA samples from five donors. Test results for 15 diseases were analyzed and found to yield contradictory information, even among donors with identical DNA. In some cases, conflicting results were identified within the same report.</div> <div> </div> <div>The investigation noted that each company uses different genetic markers, which could contribute to the differences in results. According to genetics experts, “there are too many uncertainties and ambiguities in this type of testing to rely on any of the results,” the report added.</div> <div> </div> <div>Investigators have reported the findings to the FDA, National Institutes of Health and FTC. The FDA, FTC and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have previously issued warnings about the claims made by direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies. The FDA and CDC advise individuals to seek testing at a specialized laboratory and have the results interpreted by a trained doctor or counselor.</div> <div> </div> <div>The full report is available <a href=”http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10847t.pdf” target=”_blank”>online</a>.</div> <p> </p> </div> </div> <ul class=”share-buttonsxxxxxSave_ProcessingSpanxxxxxSave_ProcessingSpan”/> </span> <div class=”sponsors”> <h2>OUR SPONSORS & PARTNERS</h2> <p style=”text-align:center;”> <small> <strong> <a href=”/about/advertise-with-beyond-celiac/”>Advertise with us</a> </strong> </small> </p> <ul> <li> <a href=”https://glutendetective.com/?utm_source=BC%20Web%20Ads&utm_medium=BC%20Website&utm_campaign=BC%20Web%20Ads” onclick=”” target=”_blank” class=”ad-link”> <img src=”/SiteData/images/GLBeyondCe/75ef994c7a6aa032/GL_BeyondCeliac-Animated-Banner_200x200.gif” alt=”Gluten Detective” title=”Gluten Detective Ad”/> </a> </li> <li> <a href=”https://boarshead.com/nutrition-wellness/information/gluten-free” onclick=”” target=”_blank” class=”ad-link”> <img src=”/SiteData/images/BeyondCeli/a7f702ffd4270bb3/Beyond%20Celiac%20Banner%20Ad%20200×200%20v1.jpg” alt=”Boar’s Head 2019″ title=”Boar’s Head 2019″/> </a> </li> <li> <a href=”/symposium/” onclick=”” target=”_blank” class=”ad-link”> <img src=”/SiteData/images/BeyondCeli/e70d41f97236563e/Beyond%20Celiac%20Symposium%20Ad.jpg” alt=”2019 Symposium” title=”2019 Symposium”/> </a> </li> <li> <a href=”http://www.glutenfreeresourcedirectory.com/” onclick=”_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’, ‘ContentAds’, ‘Clicks’, ‘GFRD’]);” target=”_blank” class=”ad-link”> <img src=”/SiteData/images/GFRD200x20/788f92343ca85c71/GFRD%20200×200%20NEW.jpg” alt=”Gluten-Free Resource Directory” title=”Gluten-Free Resource Directory”/> </a> </li> <li> <a href=”http://www.glutenfreecert.com/consumers/” onclick=”” target=”_blank” class=”ad-link”> <img src=”/SiteData/images/GFCPadwoma/53ef14d3d31ea61c/GFCP%20ad_woman%20with%20child%20in%20store.jpg” alt=”Look for the Beyond Celiac logo and shop gluten-free with confidence.” title=”Mother and daughter shop in the grocery store”/> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <footer class=”site-footer”> <div class=”celiac-checklist”> <div class=”page-wrap container-fluid”> <div class=”row”> <div class=”col-sm-12″> <div class=”cms-content cms-content-singlehtml”> <div class=”cms-content-item cms-even”> <div class=”Normal”> <div class=”cms-content-detail”> <p> <img alt=”” src=”/SiteData/images/CeliacChec/091485c2ed8e0268/CeliacChecklist.png” style=”width: 85px; height: 85px; float: left; margin: 0 2em 2em 0;”/> </p> <h2><br/>DO YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE CELIAC DISEASE?</h2> <p>Complete our <a href=”/celiac-disease/symptoms-checklist/”>Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist</a> today to find out if you could have celiac disease and how to talk to your doctor about getting tested.</p> </div> </div> <div class=”cms-clear”/> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class=”footer-content”> <div class=”page-wrap container-fluid”> <div class=”row”> <div class=”col-sm-8″> <div> <ul class=”social-links”> <li> <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/beyondceliac” target=”_blank”> <i class=”fa fa-facebook”/> </a> </li> <li> <a href=”https://twitter.com/beyondceliac” target=”_blank”> <i class=”fa fa-twitter”/> </a> </li> <li> <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/user/nfcaceliaccentral” target=”_blank”> <i class=”fa fa-youtube”/> </a> </li> <li> <a href=”https://www.linkedin.com/company/beyond-celiac/” target=”_blank”> <i class=”fa fa-linkedin”/> </a> </li> <li> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/beyondceliac/” target=”_blank”> <i class=”fa fa-instagram”/> </a> </li> <li> <a href=”https://www.pinterest.com/beyondceliac/” target=”_blank”> <i class=”fa fa-pinterest”/> </a> </li> </ul> </div> <div class=”contact-info”> <h2>Beyond Celiac</h2> <div class=”cms-content cms-content-singlehtml”> <div class=”cms-content-item cms-even”> <div class=”Normal”> <div class=”cms-content-detail”> <p>PO Box 544<br/>Ambler, PA 19002<br/>Phone: 215-325-1306<br/>Toll-Free: 844-856-6692<br/>Fax: 215-643-1707</p> <p> <a href=”/press-room/For-Press-and-Media/96/”>Press Room / Media Inquiries »</a> </p> <p> <a href=”/contact”>Contact Information</a> </p> </div> </div> <div class=”cms-clear”/> </div> </div> </div> <div class=”copyright”> <div class=”cms-content cms-content-singlehtml”> <div class=”cms-content-item cms-even”> <div class=”Normal”> <div class=”cms-content-detail”> <p>© Copyright 2019 Beyond Celiac. 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