State looks into free DNA tests

Manteca Bulletin - - Local / State -

SANTA CLARA (AP) — Cal­i­for­nia of­fi­cials are look­ing into free DNA tests that are handed out to fans at 49ers games.

The De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health tells the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle that it’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing the “na­ture and dis­tri­bu­tion” of the test kits.

The San Fran­cisco team part­nered with DNA test­ing com­pany Orig3n to make free tests avail­able to 68,000 fans at each home game this sea­son.

The tests cover just three genes but fans can pay ex­tra for more com­plete tests. Orig3n says the tests aren’t di­ag­nos­tic.

But fed­eral of­fi­cials say such ge­netic test­ing can lead to peo­ple mak­ing health de­ci­sions based on in­com­plete or in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion and should be reg­u­lated as med­i­cal tests.

Orig3n had a sim­i­lar deal with the Bal­ti­more Ravens but one game give­away was can­celled amid reg­u­la­tory con­cerns.

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