Different DNA testing companies deliver different results? No surprise (or problem)

| January 7, 2014 |

The New York Times has published yet another article aiming to prove to readers that genetic testing, especially direct to consumer testing, is useless and perhaps even misleading. In her article, “I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results,” by Kira Peikoff, a bioethics graduate student at Columbia University, takes genotype screening tests from three different companies is, shocked, just shocked, to discover that the results do not all agree.

This stunt has been pulled before, most notoriously by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) back in 2010. In my article, “A Genetic Testing Dupe?,” reporting on the GAO’s study, I too noted that I had received differing results from the two testing companies I had used. Was I misled? Not at all.

Read the full, original story: From the New York Times: Another Tiresomely Misleading Bioethical Attack on Personalized Genetic Testing