nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Congress: We Need To Show Our Ignorance Of Genetics, Schedule A Hearing

Did you know our Congress has a molecular genetics expert?  Yep.

This has to be a joke, right?  Our incompetent Congress is going to hold hearings on the all-in-one genetic test I wrote about last week (here and here).  For those of you who don't follow Nostrums, the test can be bought online, uses saliva that goes to a lab by mail, and gives the donor a report on risk for various diseases which have genetic markers.  The FDA halted its appearance in stores until it can be reviewed.

Apparently Rep Henry Waxman, the Congressman To The Stars (representing Beverly Hills), has scheduled hearings with company officials from Pathway Genomics, who market and process the testing.

[You remember Waxman?  When a number of companies reported a combined loss of well over $1B due to the newly passed health care law--in defiance of the promise that It Will Not Cost More-- he demanded that they appear and explain...until someone took him aside and reminded him that he helped write the law that required them to report these losses.  The hearings were quietly cancelled without explanation.]

[Also, not to cast personal aspersions, but just as a clinical observation from seeing about a half million patients over the years, Waxman's facial and cranial anatomy express the limits that the human genome can achieve in approximating the characteristic facies of Rattus norvegicus.]

Allegedly, Waxman will "want to know details including how the tests are analyzed in a lab, how accurate they are and how the information is handled." according to the Wall Street Journal Health Blog (May 20).

If you want to hear how ignorant your elected officials can appear, I would watch this one.  It's gonna be hilarious.  "Now, this so-called "gene" test you're doing, does it cost money?"  "Yes, Congressman, we're a business."  "Well...uh...what is a gene exactly?"

Waxman probably thinks genes are an article of clothing.

Hey, Wax-baby:  Let people who understand this technology do their job.

For a year and a half this country has been yelling in the ear of Congress and the Administration,  "Jobs!" "Debt!"  and the farce goes on...

Doc D

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