Direct-to-consumer gene tests 'worrying'

The NHMRC has issued a fresh warning about direct-to-consumer genetic testing, saying dodgy overseas laboratories risk exposing Australians to misleading results with potentially serious health implications.

A huge rise in the number overseas laboratories spruiking whole-genome testing has prompted the Council's Human Genetics Advisory Committee to issue a new statement and public guidance, released yesterday in draft form.

At best, direct-to-consumer genetic tests "are of questionable or