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FDA Squelches Home Cancer Tests, Encourages Physician-Guided Liquid Biopsies

By Gina Cushenberry, Contributing Writer

LiquidBiopsy EditShould consumers have free access to at-home cancer testing kits without physician oversight? Definitely not, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The agency has finally put its foot down in a ruling that is likely to squelch the marketing of direct-to-consumer cancer tests for some time.

At the same time, FDA has given the green light to the further development of so-called “liquid biopsies”—tests that purport to detect tumor DNA non-invasively in blood samples.

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