Wednesday, September 11, 2019

"DNA Company Tampered With Results, Former Employees Say"

Bloomberg:

The problem was that its test results were prone to errors. A person taking the same test twice could get radically different results.

Rather than try to solve the underlying problem, [the company]'s coders came up with a quick fix, according to the former workers.

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When a Bloomberg Businessweek reporter mailed in two different swabs of her saliva for [the company]'s superhero test, one after the company acquired a federally certified lab, it returned vastly different conclusions. Only 1 of 6 genes analyzed by both tests yielded the same genetic results.
*Previously: "A biotech startup called Orig3n and the Baltimore Ravens abruptly canceled their plans to give away a free DNA test to 55,000 football fans at Sunday’s game"