Quoted from GAO-10-847TIn 2006, GAO investigated companies selling direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests and testified that these companies made medically unproven disease predictions. Although new companies have since been touted as being more reputable — TIME named one company’s test 2008’s "invention of the year" — experts remain concerned that the test results mislead consumers. GAO was asked to investigate DTC genetic tests currently on the market and the advertising methods used to sell these tests.
GAO purchased 10 tests each from four companies, for $299 to $999 per test. GAO then selected five donors and sent two DNA samples from each donor to each company: one using factual information about the donor and one using fictitious information, such as incorrect age and race or ethnicity. After comparing risk predictions that the donors received for 15 diseases, GAO made undercover calls to the companies seeking health advice. GAO did not conduct a scientific study but instead documented observations that could be made by any consumer. To assess whether the tests provided any medically useful information, GAO consulted with genetics experts. GAO also interviewed representatives from each company. To investigate advertising methods, GAO made undercover contact with 15 DTC companies, including the four tested, and asked about supplement sales, test reliability and privacy policies. GAO again consulted with experts about the veracity of the claims.
Quoted from Conor
Anyone who has used a direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm, would you please post the name of the firm, its website address (URL) and any other relevant information about it and/or its services so others who are considering genetic testing can have a single resource thread by which to reference and, hopefully, benefit from the knowledge gained by your experience? T
Quoted from D.L.I had to use my magnifying glass to try and read it when I clicked on the link, but I didn't see where they named company names. I guess you have to order the report from the gov.