23andMe shuts down health-related genetics testing to work with FDA

After receiving a cease and desist from the FDA and getting slapped with a class action law suit, genetic testing startup 23andMe has announced via blog post that it will not complete health-related reports on kits purchased on or after November 22 — the date the FDA posted its complaint letter — until it’s reached regulatory approval. The company is offering a full refund to those who don’t have access to their genetic reports, as its unclear when (and how) the service will come back. 23andMe CEO¬†Anne Wojcicki continues to stand by the accuracy of her company’s tests, and the firm continues to issue ancestry-related and raw-data reports.

It’s a big blow to the disruptive company, which has made a name for itself (and heavily advertised) its accuracy in identifying risk factors for diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and celiac disease. But it shows that regulations still apply to Silicon Valley — whether they’re wanted or not.

Update: To clarify, 23andMe has only ceased its health-related reports related to its genetic testing kit, not its entire line of services. Users that are still interested in purchasing a kit for ancestry or raw-data reports can do so. The report above has been ammended to stress that.