FDA Approves First At-Home Gene Test for Breast Cancer

FDA Approves First At-Home Gene Test for Breast Cancer

Updated | People will now be able to test themselves for genetic risk factors linked to breast and ovarian cancer at home without their doctor’s permission. The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that a genetic test made by 23andMe for three mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes has been approved. This isn’t the first direct-to-consumer test for genetic risk factors that the FDA has allowed onto the market. 23andMe also received approval in April for a test that looks for mutations associated with the risk a person might develop 10 different diseases, including Parkinson’s. The concept of...

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