基因自测幻想

伦敦——

如果你想在药店买瓶洗发露后再买盒基因试剂,那么你将很不走运。美国食品药品监督管理局最近警告大型连锁药店沃尔格林在储备个人基因检测试剂前,要三思而行。正如该局一名女发言人所说的,“这些试剂未被证明是安全有效或者准确的。患者可能根据这些试剂的测试结果作出医疗决策,而食品药品监督管理局尚未验证这些测试。”

自从三年前网上提供个人基因测试以来,批评人士就已对这些测试的准确性以及其对患者和家属的潜在影响表示担忧。一些人说此类测试既可被认为是科学,也可以看做是“基因占星术”。这些顾虑导致美国几个州以及欧洲国家(如法国和德国)禁止个人基因测试。

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