Biotech Updates

US FDA Approves DIY Genetic Test Kit

May 10, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug administration approved the use of home genetics test kits to determine a person's risk for genetics-based diseases. The DIY kit developed by 23andMe can test for 10 genetic diseases including Parkinson's and Alzheimers. The company initially offered a DNA testing kit that was designed to describe a person's risk for 240 diseases but FDA discontinued the service in 2013 because of safety and efficacy reasons. The new test kit for 10 genetic diseases will be available in the coming months.

Read more from Nature.