Summary Box: Federal probe finds personalized genetic tests deliver conflicting resultsBy AP
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Summary Box: Feds scrutinize personal DNA tests
MISLEADING DNA: Federal investigators issued a report Thursday saying the results of genetic testing kits appear misleading and unreliable for predicting inheritable diseases.
GENETIC PROBE: The Government Accountability Office submitted DNA samples from five staffers to four different genetic testing companies. The companies’ results contradicted each other nearly 70 percent of the time for the same diseases, according to GAO.
TEST MAKERS RESPOND: Company executives told investigators the results differed because each company uses different standards to analyze DNA. They are currently beginning work to standardize their methods.