The Food and Drug Administration finally gave 23andMe a long sought-after green light today to sell to consumers genetic tests and their accompanying health risk reports for up to 10 diseases, including late-onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
In November 2013, the FDA put a moratorium on 23andMe’s ability to provide any health information associated with its personal genome testing. Then a sliver of hope opened up in October 2015, when the FDA allowed the company to provide health and carrier status for those who might pass on a rare genetic disease. Shortly before that, and as sort of a trial run before opening up the floodgates, 23andMe was able to test for a genetic carrier disease called Bloom Syndrome, a rare recessive gene disorder characterized by shorter height and a predisposition to develop cancer.
--Collected from-- techcrunch