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Comment on Genetic Testing Before Senate Special Committee on Aging Genetic Testing Roundtable

On June 12, 2008 the Senate Special Committee Aging held a Genetic Test Roundtable Discussion.  Dr. Elaine Lyon, Medical Director of Molecular Genetics at ARUP Laboratories represented ACLA on a panel that included representatives from FDA, CMS, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Johns Hopkins Genetics and Public Policy Center and web based company 23andMe. The roundtable was organized by Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR), as a follow-up to a 2006 Congressional Hearing on Nutrigenetic Testing held by this committee.  In his opening remarks, Senator Smith referred back to the 2006 Hearing which revealed questionable practices related to some direct to consumer genetic tests. He described the purpose of this briefing as an opportunity to revisit the safety and effectiveness of these tests and to determine whether additional protection is needed for consumers.