23andMe GATTACA children Patents, Google Master Race
Posted Oct 20 2013 11:02am
(Sergey and Anne, divorced now)
I have not posted in forever. Before I used to post on novel efforts for Personalized Medicine I thought would be promising. Some of those are coming closer, like CardioDX or HCV genotypic treatment.
I also would post on things I thought would stall and distract us. One of the biggest culprits to this in my humble opinion was the model of Direct to Consumer testing that offered medical test results.
When asked what is the duty of a DTC company to offer follow up or change of a variant of uncertain significance or interpretation. Joanna Mountain looked at Linda Avey, Linda nodded and Joanna said "We don't have a duty to follow up!"
I was incredulous and countered this assertion. I said, as a physician when I do genetic testing, I have a duty to follow up. Dietrich Stephan from Navigenics said "We have a subscription model which will do this"
Navigenics is now dead. Why? They weren't funded by Google. Let me tell you something about the company that is now 1000 USD per share. They are dedicated to bringing the future. This is valuable.
So when you are spammed with the heavy amount of tweeting ads that @23andme is pumping out or the ads on FoxNews (Rupert Murdoch investor?) and other channels, think about what my warning. When hoping that Google or 23andMe will keep their customers safe and healthy, don't hold your breath. While physicians have taken an oath to first do no harm, Technology companies nor the "Internet" have taken no such oath!