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Ancestry.com Is Talking to the FDA About Using DNA to Estimate People's Risk of Disease

So far, the agency has not allowed for direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

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Ancestry.com, a company that’s all about the past, wants to tell you about your medical future. The amateur genealogy company is seeking permission to use its DNA kit to tell people about everything from their disease risk and genetic carrier status, to how well their bodies might react to a specific drug — uses the FDA doesn’t allow for direct-to-consumer genetic tests. At least, not yet.

Ancestry is in the “very early stages of a conversation with the FDA,” Ancestry CEO Tim Sullivan told The Verge. “We think it’s totally appropriate that the FDA has stepped in to pretty aggressively regulate direct-to-consumer genetic tests — and we’re just starting from that perspective, and trying to work very closely with them.”

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.