A Do-It-yourself home bi-polar kit...what a novel idea...still think this is somewhat better in the hands of the experts rather than rely totally on a test taken at home..there is a bit of a difference between a pregnancy and bi-polar home test! BD
Psynomics has sold only a few tests so far but is projecting sales of 1,800 tests in 2008 and 30,000 in the next five years.
In coming months, at least two other startups led by genetic researchers are set to release their own psychiatric genetic tests. One test claims to predict the risk of developing schizophrenia. The other is designed to forecast the likelihood that some medications for major depression could heighten suicidal thoughts in patients.
The Food and Drug Administration does not evaluate the tests for accuracy, though a panel is working on a set of standards for the growing industry.Then Kelsoe, a prominent psychiatric geneticist at the University of California, San Diego, did something provocative for the buttoned-down world of academic medical research: He began selling bipolar genetic tests straight to the public over the Internet last month for $399.
For now, worry persists that with the proliferation of tests, there is too little understanding of what to do with the results, or what they mean.