The new 23andMe genetic testing kit doesn't focus on discovering lineage, instead, it allows users to find out which drugs might work best for them. This new form of genetic testing recently received FDA approval and will tell consumers about 33 genetic variants that are associated with common drugs. The 23andMe genetic testing kit is still fairly reserved and will not overpromise what it can do and is adamant that users should not change their medication based on the results they get from these kits.
The release of this kit is a big step forward in making genetic variant information available for consumers and works as a tool to better inform users of the drugs that might be better for their systems. While the system is not perfect, the 23andMe genetic testing kit indicates a huge step forward in pharmacogenetics.
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