FDA says DNA testing firm misleads consumers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered a stop to all sales of a genetic testing kit from 23andMe. According to the FDA, the popular product is not effective and could be dangerous by misleading people about their health and their risks of developing certain conditions.
23andMe is a California-based start-up supported by Google that offers a “Personal Genome Service” claiming to detect more than 240 genetic conditions and traits. However, the FDA argues the company failed to provide proper documentation and scientific data proving their services work.
So far, about a half a million consumers have ordered these kits online. The kits require customers to submit a saliva sample via mail and then receive a series of diet or lifestyle recommendations based on their genetic test results.
This act by the FDA sends out a larger message to companies looking to profit from genetic testing. One of the biggest concerns about direct-to-consumer genetic testing is the lack of context provided to consumers to help them clearly understand and respond to test results.
23andMe has 15 days to respond with plans moving forward or it will face additional regulatory actions.
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Sourced from: washingtonpost.com, FDA warns maker of genetic-testing kit
Published On: Nov 26, 2013
Men and women have different regrets about sex
Sex is complicated – and it can sometimes have emotional consequences, particularly regret. Men and women have different regrets when it comes to their sexual choices, concludes a new study published in the _Archives of Sexual Behavior. _
Researchers from the University of Texas and UCLA conducted a series of three studies with 25,000 people on their sexual behaviors. They found that men tend to regret not sleeping with more people, whereas women are more likely to regret whom they had sex with. The underlying theme of this study showed that regret is an integral evolutionary aspect of reproduction, researchers said.
Other top regrets women had were whom they lost their virginity to, cheating on a partner, and having sex too easily. One researcher noted that casual sex can have profound effects on women’s emotional health and can affect their sexual choices moving forward.
For men, the top regrets included being too shy to approach a partner and not experimenting enough sexually when they were young or single. This thinking ties into the evolutionary mission for males to reproduce with as many females as possible.
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Sourced from: nbcnews.com, Men and women have different regrets after sex, study suggests
Published On: Nov 26, 2013