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Sorenson Genomics recently started selling a paternity test kit at various Rite Aid stores along the West coast.
According to reports, this will mark the first time that a DNA test will be sold through a pharmacy chain.
Consumers Order Genetic Testing
The decision to move into pharmacies is a way for genetic testing to be spread directly to customers.
“There is a curiosity and a need to know that can be provided discreetly, conveniently and affordably at retail,” explains Douglas R. Fogg, the chief operating officer at Sorenson Genomics.
The test is reportedly sold under the name Identigene.
Some doctors and genetic counselors have voiced their concern that customers may not fully understand the results of the tests without first receiving counseling.
“Just because something’s available does not mean it’s safe or effective,” says Kathy Hudson, the director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University.
Sorenson claims that the test is merely for peace of mind and the results would probably not stand as much evidence in court since there would be questions as to whose samples were submitted.
(Source: The New York Times)
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