I wrote about this a few days ago but the situation now seems to be worse. State bureaucrats in California seem intent on shutting down any genetic testing service that provides services to the general public, including companies that provide genealogy DNA testing services. The state apparently only wants to allow "state approved" genetic testing services that supply services directly to doctors and medical centers. This strikes me as a major loss for genealogists and, indeed, for all consumers.
"We [are] no longer tolerating direct-to-consumer genetic testing in California," Karen Nickles, Chief of Laboratory Field Services at the health department, told members of the Clinical Laboratories Advisory Committee on June 13.
A new article in Wired.com's web site provides details. The article also quotes Bennett Greenspan of Family Tree DNA, whose company received a letter from the health department. You can read the article at http://www.wired.com/medtech/genetics/news/2008/06/ca_dna.