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  • 23andMe Ceases Health-Focused Gene Testing, Still Offers Raw Genetic Data And Ancestry Reports

    23andMe Ceases Health-Focused Gene Testing, Still Offers Raw Genetic Data And Ancestry Reports

    After the Food and Drug Administration ordered that 23andMe suspend use of its at-home gene testing kits, based on the government organization’s belief that it constitutes a medical device and thus requires further examination and testing before it can be provided for sale. 23andMe followed up to that bombshell with the news that it would be working with the FDA to try to resolve the… Read More

  • If Inaccuracy Were Illegal, The Feds Would Have To Regulate Most Health Gadgets

    If Inaccuracy Were Illegal, The Feds Would Have To Regulate Most Health Gadgets

    I wore a calorie counter armband from BodyMedia that told me I was burning over 3,000 calories a day. If that were true, I would be emaciated enough to play Gollum in the next Lord Of The Rings sequel. The accuracy of consumer health gadgets varies widely, yet this hasn’t stopped the FDA from suspending┬ápopular genetic testing company 23andMe over concerns about the quality of their… Read More

  • Proposed Food Safety Laws A Boon For Clean Tech Companies

    Proposed Food Safety Laws A Boon For Clean Tech Companies

    Today, the senate voted to work on a bill called the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act that would, among other things, require food producers, facilities and distributors in the United States to evaluate hazards more rigorously, undergo more inspections each year and implement preventive measures to keep food pathogen-free. Green tech companies that could benefit from higher standards for… Read More

  • Is Gulf Seafood Safe To Eat? Feds' New Test Says Yes, Not Convincingly

    Is Gulf Seafood Safe To Eat? Feds' New Test Says Yes, Not Convincingly

    More than 9,000 square miles of U.S. federal Gulf waters are closed to commercial and recreational fishing today thanks to the BP oil spill. However, government offices today claimed that seafood from the Gulf is basically safe to consume, based on the results from their latest battery of tests. You gonna eat that? Companies responsible for the environmental disaster spilled about 5… Read More

  • Dear FDA, Gimme My iMac

    Dear FDA, Gimme My iMac

    Today was supposed to be a joyous day in my apartment. As of yesterday, my new Apple iMac was to be delivered at some point this afternoon. But alas, it was not to be. But the reason why is a truly great WTF moment. Apparently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has to approve its delivery to me. Well, to be more specific, either the FDA or the Department of AG/PPQ has to approve it… Read More