As I’ve blogged before, the usefulness of the whole-genome scans offered by personal genomics companies is very much subject to debate. It’s not clear just what one is supposed to be able to do with the test results, beyond being fascinated and entertained. But at very least, consumers are bound to expect the tests to be scientifically credible.
Well, the biggest name in genomics has just hurled a bit of a challenge in the direction of 2 personal genomics companies, in that regard.
Here’s the story, from the Genetic Future blog: Scientists call for changes to personal genomics based on comparison of test results
Four scientists – including the omnipresent J. Craig Venter (left) – have penned an opinion piece in the latest issue of Nature based results from five individuals genotyped by two separate personal genomics companies. The article highlights some deficiencies in the way that genetic data are currently used by direct-to-consumer companies to generate risk predictions and to present them to customers.
Here’s the story as reported by the LA Times:Warning: DNA test results may not be as reliable as they appear.
On Navigenics Fan Page on Facebook, however, the company has posted links to a couple of news items on this topic…but hasn’t added any comments of its own.