Something's not quite right about 23andMe's DNA analysis kits, and the Food and Drug Administration is on it. The agency ordered 23andMe to stop selling the kits until the Google-backed company can prove that they actually work. Sounds reasonable.
The government didn't mince its words in a November 22 letter to 23andMe. "FDA is concerned about the public health consequences of inaccurate results from the PGS device," the letter reads. "The main purpose of compliance with FDA's regulatory requirements is to ensure that the tests work." The FDA went on to suggest that false positives or false negatives on the test could lead to startling consequences—like women getting unneeded mastectomies. People take these tests seriously!